Update 4:10 p.m.: Snow piles high as storm moves across the Lake Tahoe Basin | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Update 4:10 p.m.: Snow piles high as storm moves across the Lake Tahoe Basin

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribuneDan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A winter storm continues to pound the Sierra and Lake Tahoe Basin this afternoon, bringing with it at least 1.5 feet of snow at lake level and between 2 to 3 feet above 7,000 feet.

At lake level South Shore a weather spotter for the National Weather Service reports fetching 19 inches of snow in their yard at around noon. So far between 2 to 3 feet has fallen above 7,000 feet, said Chris Jordan, meteorologist for the Reno-based weather service.

The storm continues to bring heavy winds and blowing snow that has caused a number of vehicle spinouts on local roads. Earlier this morning the blowing snow forced the closure of Interstate 80 for several hours. Chains and snowtires are required over the interstate and Highway 50 this afternoon.

Highway 88 was reopened this afternoon after being closed this morning following a small avalanche that happened near the top of Carson Pass. Two vehicles were caught in the avalanche, authorities report, but there were no injuries.

Ski resorts report netting near or at least two feet of snow so far. Sierra-at-Tahoe reports 21 inches of new snow overnight and into this afternoon, while Heavenly Mountain Resort reports fetching between 15 to 18 inches overnight and 18 to 21 inches since Friday, according to its Web site. Kirkwood reports on its Web site that it netted between 26 to 30 inches of snow so far this afternoon from this latest storm.

The storm will continue through this afternoon and this evening. The National Weather Service winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.

An additional 8 to 16 inches of snow is expected above 7,000 feet today, with 5 to 10 inches below 7,000 feet, including lake level. Wind gusts of up to 100 mph may continue today, the weather service said.

Travel restrictions ” including the required use of chains and snowtires ” are in place throughout the Sierra and Lake Tahoe Basin this afternoon.

For up-to-date road conditions go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ or http://www.saferoadsusa.com or call (800) 427-7623.

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