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Lake Tahoe weather: Christmas Eve storm hammering region with snow

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The greater Tahoe-Truckee region is under a winter storm warning all day Thursday, Dec. 24, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

The warning went into effect at 1 a.m. and will expire at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It's bringing heavy powder snow throughout the area already Thursday morning, making travel difficult.

Forecasters are calling for 10 to 20 inches of snow west of Highway 89 and along parts of the Sierra Crest; the Tahoe Basin and Truckee area can expect 6 to 12 inches.

According to the warning, snowfall totals will vary considerably across short distances due to varying strengths of the storm pattern.

Periods of heavy snowfall and blowing snow may create near whiteout conditions at times. Avalanche risk is also likely to increase; backcountry users should take extra precautions.

Forecasters are calling for high winds in association with the storm. Expect gusts up to 50 mph on mountain passes with up to 100 mph winds along ridges.

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As is the case with most Sierra storms, conditions will make driving a challenge. Snow tire or chain restrictions may be in effect along most highways and passes, including Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50, California highways 28, 89 and 267, and Nevada highways 28, 207 and 431.

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