On the Hill: Sunny skies at Sierra (Video)
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Breakdown: On the Hill host and Tahoe Daily Tribune reporter Sebastian Foltz gets some midweek runs at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
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WEATHER SERVICE WINTER STORM WARNING ISSUED
Late Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire Tahoe Basin. The warning will go into effect starting at 4 p.m. Friday, and run through 10 a.m. Saturday.
“As the system moves in, conditions are going to deteriorate rapidly,” Reno-based National Weather Service forecaster Scott McGuire said. “People can expect travel impacts throughout the weekend.”
Snow levels will drop rapidly once the cold front behind the initial system arrives.
“[It’s] going to come down pretty quick,” McGuire said. “By Saturday morning, (the snow level) should be down to 5,000 feet.”
He said the snow level could continue to drop, reaching Reno by Sunday.
The National Weather Service warning is calling for snow totals between 1-3 feet above 8,000 feet of elevation. Areas between 7,000 and 8,000 feet can expect 6-12 inches. Forecasters are predicting 4-8 inches below 7,000 feet.
The National Weather Service also issued a Wind Advisory for Friday between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. Forecasters are calling for winds between 20 and 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Higher elevations could see gusts near 100 mph along mountain ridges.