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January 23, 2012
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Lake Tahoe weather: Winter storm warning until 4 p.m.; 15-30 more inches of snow possible

LAKE TAHOE — A winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for the greater Truckee/Tahoe region, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Snow is expected to increase in intensity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., NWS reports. An additional 15 to 30 inches of snow is expected above 7,000 feet, with 8 to 16 inches possible at lake level.

Regional highways continue to carry snow tire and chain restrictions; stay up to date at www.tahoebonanza.com/roadconditions.

After Monday, sunshine and mild temperatures in the upper-40s to lower-50s are expected to return by midweek.

The return of winter after a drier-than-normal December and January has ski resorts celebrating a healthy amount of natural snow back on the mountains.

According to the Snow and Grooming Report at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, there are 64 inches of snow at upper mountain; 28 inches of snow have fallen so far in the current storm system, which began Thursday.

Over at Northstar California, the resort’s summit has a 28-inch base; 41 inches of snow has fallen in the past 48 hours.

On the Nevada side, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has a base depth of 26 to 39 inches; the resort has seen 19 to 23 inches of new snow the past 24 hours.

Below is an extended forecast from www.noaa.gov.

Today: Snow, mainly before 4pm. High near 37. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. North wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 23, 2012 11:52AM Published Jan 23, 2012 11:51AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.