Winter storm could bring 4 feet to Tahoe ski areas, Sierra
March 2, 2009
LAKE TAHOE ” A winter storm with the potential to bring up to 4 feet of snow above 7,000 feet in the Sierra and between 15 to 30 inches at lake level could be among the season’s biggest storms.
A winter storm warning is in effect from 10 a.m. this morning, Monday, until 4 a.m. on Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Reno has issued the winter storm warning for heavy snow and gusty winds.
For today, Monday, snow will increase during the day and become heavy at times Tuesday through Wednesday morning. Total snow accumulations call for between 15 to 30 inches at lake level by Wednesday morning, mainly falling tonight through Wednesday morning.
Between 2 to 4 feet of snow will fall above 7,000 feet with up to 6 feet above 8,000 feet near the Sierra crest, according to the weather service.
Winds will be from the south, 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Ridge gusts could reach 100 mph.
Snow levels are expected to be about 7,000 feet this morning lowering to 6,500 feet in the afternoon, down to lake level by midnight tonight.
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Motorists should expect snow and blowing snow that will make travel difficult over passes today. Travel will be difficult or impossible over all elevations on Tuesday into Wednesday with localized blizzard conditions, according to the weather service.