Another winter storm expected at Lake Tahoe this week |

Another winter storm expected at Lake Tahoe this week

A man removes snow from his car Feb. 5.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Another winter storm is slated to hit the region Tuesday night, and it could bring as much as 5 feet of snow to higher elevations.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter storm watch for the Lake Tahoe region above 7,000 feet Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon.

While lake level could see 6-10 inches, elevations above 7,000 feet could see 2-5 feet of snow, according to the weather service. High temperatures in South Lake Tahoe will range from the mid to late-30s.

Winds could be as strong as 55 mph during the storm watch, with gusts over the Sierra ridge potentially exceeding 145 mph.

“Travel could be very difficult to impossible,” the weather service warns. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage.”

The storm follows a system that dropped more than 3 feet of snow in 24 hours at some Lake Tahoe ski resorts Saturday.

The heavy snow wreaked havoc on area highways over the weekend and forced schools on South Shore to cancel school Monday.

A previous storm earlier in February dumped over 7 feet of snow at some area resorts.

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