TAHOE/TRUCKEE - A winter storm watch was issued Tuesday afternoon for the greater Lake Tahoe area, effective Thursday evening through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
Periods of moderate to heavy snow are expected during the storm as an area of low pressure drops south out of the Gulf of Alaska, according to NWS; the "best chances for heavy snow will be during the day on Friday and Saturday."
As much as 18 to 30 inches of snow are expected above 7,000 feet, with 12 to 18 inches possible at lake level. Winds gusts up to 45 mph are possible at lake level, and 95 mph along the Sierra ridge.
There are additional chances for snow on Sunday with a third wave of moisture, according to NWS.
"Holiday travel through the Sierra will be impacted beginning Thursday night and continuing through the weekend, with delays and chain controls possible," according to the storm watch.