Snow predicted for Friday night in the South Lake Tahoe area
The first snowflakes of the season are expected to start feathering down this evening and continue into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
In a warning issued Thursday, the National Weather Service described the snowfall prediction as moderate-to-heavy.
Areas higher than 7,000 feet are expected to receive between 8 and 14 inches of snow. In town, about 5-to-10 inches may accumulate.
Rain is predicted to start falling after 11 a.m. and winds are expected to blow at about 10-to-15 mph and increase to 15-to 20-mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Rain is predicted to continue falling until about 11 p.m., when the storm may turn into a snowstorm.
On Saturday morning snow showers are likely to continue. The day is expected to remain mostly cloudy, with a high temperature near 41 degrees. Wind is expected to blow around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70-percent on Saturday. The chance of snowfall is expected to reduce as the day progresses.
The Weather Service warned about travel conditions with whiteout conditions on roads and indicated chain controls over the Sierra passes are likely. The storm is expected to cause the closures of passes in Alpine and Mono counties.
The greater Lake Tahoe Area, including South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Incline Village, is expected to be affected.
Slick and snow covered roads with whiteout conditions are expected on highways 80, 50, 88, 89 and 267.
The Weather Service advised drivers to carry tire chains, food, water, blankets and a flashlight in vehicles.
For updates on weather conditions, visit weather.gov/reno.