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October 22, 2012
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Chain controls on Kingsbury for season's first winter storm

Chains or snow tires are being required on Kingsbury Grade for the first time since spring as a winter storm rolls into Western Nevada.

Heavenly is reporting .4 inches of moisture and an inch of snow so far this morning. Two inches have fallen over the last 24 hours at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Meanwhile rain is spreading across Carson Valley from west to east as the storm moved into Western Nevada.

As of 10 a.m., the bulk of the moisture is falling west of Truckee as the storm travels northeast across the Sierra.

"It's not unusual to have snow in October," said Chief Marketing Officer Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. "This time of year, weather changes on a dime. Ideally, though, we love to see a few good storms come through this month and next along with cooler evening temperatures. With resorts investing millions of dollars in snowmaking equipment, we can complement what falls from the sky providing a good base, which makes for a stellar ski season."

A wind advisory is in effect for Western Nevada through 5 p.m. today with gusts of up to 65 mph in wind prone areas. Motorists in high-profile vehicles are warned to expect difficult driving.

Showers are expected to stick around until Tuesday night when the snow level drops to 4,800 feet.

Expect high temperatures in the 50s and lows in the 30s until the storm clears, and then low temperatures should drop into the low 20s.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 22, 2012 02:07PM Published Oct 22, 2012 02:06PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.