Lake Tahoe weather: Storm expected to bring 8 to 16 inches of snow at lake level |

Lake Tahoe weather: Storm expected to bring 8 to 16 inches of snow at lake level

An early January storm dumped fresh snow at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Provided Heavenly Mountain Resort / Vail Resorts

A winter storm forecast to hit the Lake Tahoe region starting Wednesday evening could bring 8 to 16 inches of snow at Lake Tahoe, while snow accumulation through Thursday night above 7,000 feet could range between 1 and 2 feet.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Lake Tahoe region from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. Friday. The heaviest snow is expected between 5 p.m. Wednesday and midnight, and between 3 and 10 p.m. Thursday.

NWS puts the chance of precipitation in South Lake Tahoe at 100 percent Wednesday night.

Periods of heavy snowfall combined with strong winds could cause whiteout conditions. A lake wind advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday. According to NWS, wind gusts could be as strong as 50 mph.

Wednesday’s storm follows one at the end of this past week that delivered some of the first measurable snow at lake level and more than half a foot of snow at South Shore ski resorts.

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