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Storms continue to pummel Lake Tahoe, Sierra

Staff and wire report

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune / The Associated Press

LAKE TAHOE ” Winter is pounding the Sierra with heavy snow and bringing much needed rain to the valleys of western Nevada.

But forecasters say the rain in the Reno-Carson City area will change to snow later Tuesday. Several inches of snow is expected in the valleys overnight.

The Lake Tahoe region and Reno-Sparks area are under a winter storm warning through Wednesday morning.

The storm barreled in late Sunday, and the National Weather Service says higher elevations could receive as much as 4 feet of snow.

Heavenly Mountain Resort reports fetching more than 30 inches of snow in the past 24 hours, according to its Web site.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, snow will continue today in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin. A high near 32 is forecast for Tahoe, and wind gusts could be as high as 30 mph at times. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent, and a total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches is possible.

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As for Tuesday night, new snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches is possible. Chance of precipitaion is 100 percent.

Chance of precipitation is 90 percent on Wednesday, with new snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

A 30 percent chance of snow showers is forecast for Wednesday night.

Chains or snow tires are required on all mountain passes, including State Route 207 Kingsbury Grade, State Route 431 over Mt. Rose, Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and U.S. 50 over Echo Summit.