Lake Tahoe weather: Winter storm warning through Tuesday morning; 10-18 inches of snow possible | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Lake Tahoe weather: Winter storm warning through Tuesday morning; 10-18 inches of snow possible

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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.”

Sunny skies are expected to return by Thursday.