Storm update: 6 more feet of snow possible at Lake Tahoe
A winter storm that has already dropped more than 2 feet of snow at some ski resorts could bring another 6 feet to the high country in the Sierra Nevada.
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Reno will remain in effect through 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Sunday will bring a mix of heavy snow and strong wind, which could cause blizzard conditions Sunday night through Monday.
“The most hazardous conditions in the Sierra will be from midnight tonight to 10 a.m. Monday,” according to the weather service.
“Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. If you stay home, have a backup plan in case of power outages.”
Winds could be 50 mph with gusts as strong as 100 mph over Sierra ridges Sunday and Monday. Snow amounts during that time could total 1-2 feet at lake level, with 2-4 feet possible above 7,000 feet.
Snow will continue Monday into Tuesday, with an additional 1-2 feet possible in the Sierra, including at lake level.
An avalanche warning from the Sierra Avalanche Center remains in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday.
“Widespread avalanche activity is likely in the mountains,” according to the warning. “Natural avalanches are likely and human-triggered avalanches are very likely. Some avalanches may be large and destructive.”
Snow accumulation over the next three days could push the storm total toward 10 feet at higher elevations.
Several Tahoe-area ski resorts Sunday morning reported over 2 feet of snow in 48 hours.