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Lake Tahoe weather: Foot of snow likely by Wednesday above 7,000 feet

Conditions were prime at Sugar Bowl Resort on Dec. 13, 2014, with 22 inches of new snow at the top. It marked one of the few days all of winter 2014-15 at Truckee-Tahoe that saw decent snowfall.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — A series of storms is forecast to hit the Truckee-Tahoe region this week, bringing up to a foot of snow at higher-elevation areas, according to the National Weather Service.

As of about 10:30 a.m. Monday, as much as 4 inches had fallen at some locations, and snow was falling steadily at lake level, making for slick driving conditions along highways and side streets.

Snow tire or chain restrictions are 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.

According to NWS, it’s expected to snow off and on through Wednesday, and a foot or more of snow is possible above 7,000 feet, and at higher locations like Donner Summit and Mount Rose.

The storms are fairly weak in terms of what Truckee-Tahoe locals are used to when it comes to big snow systems, but they should provide more coverage for the region’s ski resorts.

They come after a wet storm hit the region Thursday and Friday, bringing up to 2 feet of snow at some locations, including at Sugar Bowl Resort in Norden — and as little as 3 inches or less at others, including Diamond Peak in Incline Village, which postponed its opening last week due to poor snow coverage.

According to the ski resort’s Facebook page, however, Diamond Peak is benefiting from Monday’s snow and now has a projected opening date of Saturday, Dec. 20, right in time for the vacation crowds that will likely be at Tahoe for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Initial NWS forecasts show another storm could roll into the Truckee-Tahoe region on Friday and Saturday.