5 to 10 Feet of Snow Forecasted in the Sierra

If everything lines up just right, the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe ski resorts could be in for some rough but welcome weather in the days ahead.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for the region beginning Thursday through the weekend.

Forecasters on Monday predicted snow totals in the range of 5 to 10 feet along the Sierra crest, with about 2 feet around Lake Tahoe.

Three storm systems are approaching the region and forecasters said they will be accompanied by strong winds that could create blizzard conditions.

Rain is likely at first in the valleys of western Nevada, but snow levels are expected to lower to the valley floors by the weekend.

After a lackluster winter last year, a hefty dumping of snow would be good news for the Sierra snowpack and region's water supply.