Winter paradise ahead for basin |

Winter paradise ahead for basin

What a perfect week for winter break.

Sledders, skiers and snowboarders can expect a combination of fresh snow and nice weather while school is out.

Meteorologist Danny Mercer of the National Weather Service in Reno said the snow will let up for a couple of days, but not before another big dump.

“We have a strong storm system right now,” Mercer said. “It’s got a really strong cold air pocket behind it, so we should have some pretty heavy snow moving up into the Sierra.”

Mercer predicted up to 8 inches at lake level on Tuesday night and more than a foot over 7,000 feet.

“There will be some additional snow at lake level and up on Wednesday,” Mercer said on Tuesday evening. “And there could also be a couple of inches around the foothills.”

The storm should clear out late this evening, giving hard-working plow drivers a little break on Thursday and Friday.

“The next (storm) system is scheduled to come in late Saturday and continue on into Sunday,” Mercer said. “It looks like a pretty decent storm. Until then, there may be some light showers and clouds.”

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