TAHOE/TRUCKEE - The first winter storm of the 2012-13 season is expected to continue through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday for the greater Truckee/Tahoe area, NWS reports, bringing as much as 10 to 18 inches of snow along the Sierra crest, with 4 to 8 inches likely at lake level.
The heaviest snow should fall Monday morning, NWS reports, with a secondary band expected Tuesday morning. Wind gusts of 50 mph in lower elevations, with 100 mph gusts along the mountain ridges, are possible.
"Conditions can deteriorate rapidly during winter storms ... slow down and allow extra time when traveling," NWS warns. "Carry tire chains, food, water, blankets and a flashlight in your car in case of an emergency."
The storm already has dropped a foot of snow in some the region's higher-elevation areas, to the tune of a foot at Squaw Valley and 14 inches at Alpine Meadows as of 11 a.m., according to a press release from the resorts.
Officials there are predicting 3 feet of snow to fall by Thursday, when sunny skies are expected to return.