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First storm of the season could come Tuesday

Staff reports

Tribune file photoJimmy Callian takes advantage of some surf-worthy waves on the North Shore in May 2008. High winds are expected to kick up two to four foot waves at the lake by Monday afternoon.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Lake Tahoe could see its first winter storm of the season as a strong area of low pressure is predicted to drop into the western United States Tuesday into Wednesday.

The low pressure system will bring strong winds and moderate to locally heavy valley rain and mountain snow, according to noaa.gov.

The heaviest precipitation is expected to fall Tuesday night into Wednesday and up to 10 inches of snow could accumulate in the higher elevations of the Sierra above 7,000 feet.

The National Weather Service has also issued a wind advisory for the Lake Tahoe area, effective until 8 p.m. Monday.

Winds are expected to come from the southwest between 15 to 25 miles per hour with 35 mile per hour gusts.

Waves on the lake could reach two to four feet, with the largest waves on the northern and eastern shores by Monday afternoon.

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The National Weather Service warns that small boats will be prone to capsizing and should remain off waters until conditions improve.

The storm system is expected to head east by Thursday, leaving “brisk and chilly” weather in its wake, according to noaa.gov.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Monday night: Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 40. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11am. High near 41. Breezy, with a west wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.