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Rain, snow expected tonight

Jeff Munson

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / A worker at the Marriott Timber Lodge construction site secures blowing tarps plastered to the structure by high winds on Thursday morning.

Rain that will likely turn to snow late tonight and into Tuesday is expected for the Lake Tahoe Basin, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

A convergence of a cold air system from the Pacific Northwest and subtropical moisture from Southern California is expected to make landfall early this morning, with rain and wind gusts of up to 45 mph expected.

Snow levels will be above 8,000 feet today, with it gradually lowering tonight to about 7,000 feet. About a a foot of snow is expected above 7,000 feet.

On Tuesday, remnants of the northerly cold system is expected to dominate bringing between 1 to 3 inches of snow to lake level, said weather service meteorologist Shane Snyder.

“It’s a storm that will bring significant precipitation. A lot of it will be rain at lake level and then at night as it gets dark, the snow level will begin to drop,” he said. “It will be a good ideas to keep the snow chains handy, especially if you’re going over mountain passes.”

By late Tuesday, most of the snow and rain will leave the area, with clearing on Wednesday as a high front moves into the region. Temperatures Wednesday will be in the high 40s at Lake Tahoe and 50s in the valleys.

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