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Weather service issues winter storm watch for Lake Tahoe region; 1 foot of snow possible

A winter storm is expected to move into the region.
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A winter storm could deliver up to 1 foot of snow at Lake Tahoe and as much as 30 inches above 7,000 feet this weekend.

A winter storm watch will take effect starting at 4 p.m. Friday and remain in place until 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

A cold front moving into the area early Saturday morning will cause a more than 10-degree drop in the high temperature from Friday to Saturday — a high of 47 degrees on Friday will fall to 36 degrees on Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.

The storms could bring heavy snow, with anywhere from 15-30 inches possible above 7,000 feet, according to the weather service. Elevations as low as 6,000 feet could see up to 1 foot of snow.

Winds could be as strong as 70 mph over the Sierra ridges.

The combination of wind and snow will likely hinder travel in the mountains.

“Travel could be very difficult,” the service warns. “The hazardous conditions could impact the Friday evening commute and skier traffic into the resorts.”

Early Sunday morning could bring a brief break from the storms before another winter storm moves through the area, bringing a 70 percent chance of precipitation and 2-4 inches of snow at lake level after 10 a.m.

“A colder storm is possible for Sunday night into Monday with snow for all elevations and potentially very cold air through the middle of next week,” the weather service states.