Little relief in sight: Snow expected off and on for days |

Little relief in sight: Snow expected off and on for days

Chris Wellhausen/Tahoe TribuneFamilies play on snowmobiles at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course.

A blast of snow in the form of a winter storm is nature’s way of bidding a fond adieu to 2002.

A winter storm warning posted late Monday extends into today, with up to 2 feet of new snow expected above 7,000 feet when the storm blows out this afternoon.

Along with the snow, a high wind warning produced blizzard-like conditions Monday around the Tahoe basin.

Kingsbury Grade saw a flurry of minor accidents Monday night, which forced the closure of Tramway Drive and North Benjamin. Minor injuries were reported.

Rain and snow showers will be on tap for today in the Carson Valley, Carson City and Reno.

Conditions are expected to improve in time for tonight’s festivities and 2003 is forecasted to begin on a cool but dry note. But another system is expected to hit the region Thursday with more snow.

The good news is that it should blow out of the region by Friday night, leaving partly cloudy conditions through the weekend, said Mark Brown, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“It might give skiers a decent weekend for a change,” Brown said.

Motorists faced chain controls Monday on Highway 50 over Echo Summit and over Kingsbury Grade.

The storm is the latest in a string of powerful El Ni-o-related systems that has dumped up to 14 feet of snow in the Sierra this month.

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