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Winter storm could bring 3 feet of snow to Lake Tahoe during Presidents Day weekend

People brave a winter storm on Harrison Avenue Thursday.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A massive winter storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow at lake level this weekend. Higher elevations are potentially in store for up to 6 feet.

A winter storm warning remains in effect at Lake Tahoe until noon Sunday. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, an additional 1-3 feet of snow could accumulate at lake level.

Snow totals above 7,000 feet could receive 3 to 6 feet of snow.

On Friday morning, some Lake Tahoe ski resorts reported nearly 3 feet of fresh snow in the past 24 hours.

In addition to heavy snow, strong winds are expected to stick around through the storm. Gusts as strong as 130 mph are possible today over the Sierra ridges.

“Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours,” the weather service warns. “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.”

In addition to the storm warning, the Sierra Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche warning until 7 a.m. Saturday.

“Heavy snow and gale force winds will create dangerous avalanche conditions. Expect a mix of wind slab and storm slab avalanche problems affecting all elevations. Natural avalanches and human-triggered avalanches are expected. Some avalanches may be large and destructive.”