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A very white Christmas on the way

Sun News Staff Report

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunMike Vincent plows his driveway in Sierra Meadows recently. Up to 2 feet of snow could fall on Wednesday and Christmas Day.

LAKE TAHOE BASIN “-Had enough snow yet? Didn’t think so.

The next big Tahoe snowstorm is forecasted for Wednesday and Christmas Day, and it could bring as much as two feet of white stuff to higher elevation levels in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin.

According to the national weather service in Reno, the basin will be under a winter storm watch from this afternoon through Thursday afternoon. A strong and wet Pacific storm is expected to move in today from the West Coast, bringing rain and snow to Northern California and Nevada through Thursday.

“This storm will bring strong winds to higher elevations, with the potential for significant snowfall,” according to the weather service.

Light to moderate snow is expected this afternoon, with heavier snowfall expected overnight and into Thursday.

“Around one foot of snow is possible at lake level and in lower valleys, with around 2 feet of snow possible in the High Sierra west of Highway 395,” according to the watch.

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Wind should be strong as well, with gusts of 50 mph possible at lake level, with the potential for 120 mph gusts along the Sierra ridges.

Motorists are encouraged to be safe, as holiday travel should be affected by this storm.