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Wet week forecast

Patrick McCartney

Winter weather is expected to arrive at Lake Tahoe in earnest by tonight, with a succession of storms raking the basin through the end of the week.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the Tahoe Basin tonight and Tuesday morning, with up to a foot of snow expected to fall above 6,000 feet.

Snow and rain are expected to fall later today, with the snow level remaining above lake level until Tuesday morning.

The storm expected to arrive by this evening is the first in a series of winter-like storms this week, said Doug Armstrong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

“It looks like we may have several systems, with brief periods in between, through the end of the week,” Armstrong said. “It’s encouraging to those who want snow.”

Snow levels will remain between 6,000 and 7,000 feet the rest of the week. Armstrong said a change in the jet stream is responsible for ending four weeks of mild weather.

“In the last 18 hours, the jet stream has pushed a lot closer to the coast,” Armstrong said. “The jet stream is intensifying over the Pacific and is continuing to head for the California coast.”

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