As much as 2 feet of snow could fall Thursday in the Sierra

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 8:38 PM PST
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The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter storm warning for the Lake Tahoe area, where as much as 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow is possible on the Sierra crest by Thursday night.

The warning is in effect Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The service says up to a foot (30 cm) of snow is expected below elevations of 7,000 feet (2,133 meters), with up to 18 inches (45 cm) above that and up to 2 feet (60 cm) on the ridge tops where wind gusts could exceed 100 mph (160 kph).

Forecasters say the approaching storm is stronger than the one Tuesday that produced less snow, but wind gusts up to 137 mph (220 kph) atop a ski resort on Tahoe's west shore.

“Very strong winds could cause tree damage and periods of white-out conditions,” the weather service said Wednesday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Reno, Sparks, Carson City and surrounding ares from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. An inch of two of snow (2.5 to 5 cm) is expected on valley floors with winds gusting up to 65 mph (105 kph). As much as 5 inches (13 cm) is possible in the foothills.

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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Noon to 8 PM Thursday for the Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area. Travel...

Posted by US National Weather Service Reno Nevada on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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