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Storms to keep hitting region

More wet weather is headed to the Lake Tahoe region following storms that dropped up to 2 feet of snow in areas of the Sierra Nevada this week.

A series of low-pressure systems is expected to move into the area and continue through Tuesday, according to a forecast by the National Weather Service in Reno. Several inches of snow are predicted.

"Generally, up to 2 inches will be possible on western Nevada valley floors from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, with accumulations up to 10 inches above 7,000 feet possible," according to the weather service.

Temperatures are expected to rise slightly through the weekend, with lows in the mid-20s and highs in the mid-30s as a more intense storm move into the region Sunday night.

"There won't be much break in the snow but it should pick up going into Monday," according to opensnow.com forecaster Bryan Allegretto. "The snow will continue into Tuesday when a cold front will push through bringing what could be the heaviest snow of the three days."

Snow totals could be 1 to 2 feet, or 2 to 3 feet by Tuesday, depending on the forecasting model used, Allegretto wrote in a Friday post.

The Lake Tahoe Basin has received 161 percent of its average precipitation for this time of year, according to information from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Another round of snow showers is possible by the end of the week and into the weekend, but the specifics of the storm are uncertain.

"We'll have to keep watching as the potential will be there for a big storm," according to Allegretto, who is hopeful for a white Christmas.

"At the beginning of the week I predicted we could see at least 4-5 feet of new snow by Christmas on the mountains," according to the forecaster. "That forecast is still looking good."


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 14, 2012 08:47PM Published Dec 14, 2012 08:46PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.