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Lake Tahoe weather: Winter weather advisory starts tonight; foot of snow likely

TAHOE/TRUCKEE - The first significant winter storm of 2013 is expected to bring a foot of snow by Wednesday evening throughout the greater Truckee/Tahoe region, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to NWS.

Eight to 14 inches of snow is expected above 7,000 feet, with 3 to 8 inches possible at lake level. The highest amounts are expected along and west of Highway 89, according to NWS.

"Snow will develop late (Tuesday night) with a period of moderate to heavy snow overnight into Wednesday morning," according to the advisory. "Snow showers will continue Wednesday afternoon and evening."

Wind gusts with the storm are expected to hit 45 mph, with Sierra ridge gusts approaching 100 mph.

The conditions will likely produce slick driving conditions across the Lake Tahoe Basin. Travel over Sierra passes may become difficult, with chain controls likely.

This storm is still evolving, and specific forecast details could change, NWS reports. Stay tuned to www.noaa.gov for updated information.

Below is an extended forecast for the region as of Tuesday morning from www.noaa.gov.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tuesday evening: A slight chance of rain before 11pm, then snow. Low around 30. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Wednesday: Snow showers. High near 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow showers. Low around 20. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 12.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 48.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Staff report


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 5, 2013 11:56AM Published Mar 5, 2013 11:52AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.