March flexes winter muscle |

March flexes winter muscle

Susan Wood

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Clarissa Evans of South Lake Tahoe shovels snow from under her car after sliding into a snowbank on Friday. Two other vehicles above her also slid into the snow bank. Icy roads created hazardous driving conditions for motorists resulting in numerous accidents this weekend.

Here we go again. After a blast of weather Friday, today is expected to kick off a stormy week filled with snow and wind.

A winter storm warning was issued Sunday for Monday into Tuesday with gusty winds predicted to clock 60 mph, the National Weather Service reported.

One to 2 feet of snow may fall at lake level by Tuesday. Elevations over 7,000 feet may receive about 4 feet.

“We’re making up for winter now. March is December,” meteorologist Rudy Cruz said, joking about a recent wet and turbulent period in Northern Nevada.

After a brief break Wednesday, another colder storm may produce snow showers and overnight lows of 18 degrees. On Friday, the snow showers may continue.

Caltrans workers were awaiting the storm Sunday evening. The state transportation agency had closed Highway 89 at D.L. Bliss State Park and five miles north of Highway 50 from the last snowstorm.

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“There was avalanche danger, and we usually like to let it get some sun and sit. But there hasn’t been enough time,” said Bob Davis, the Caltrans Meyers manager. He said Sunday his crew is at full force in anticipation of a stormy week.

After hosting the California Legislature for its annual Sierra-at-Tahoe ski day, Strawberry Lodge management noticed its customers checking out early to beat the storm.