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Lake Tahoe weather: Foot of snow possible by Christmas morning

Staff report

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s looking like it will be a white Christmas for the greater Truckee-Tahoe region.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 1 to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, according to the National Weather Service, as a strong cold front moves into the Sierra Nevada.

Six to 12 inches of snow is expected above 7,000 feet, according to NWS, with 3 to 6 inches possible at lake level, and 8 inches west of Highway 89.

Snow levels should drop to 6,500 and 7,000 feet by Wednesday afternoon, and down to 5,500 feet by early evening.

Southwest wind gusts of 30 mph are expected at lake level, with 55 mph gusts possible along Sierra ridge tops.

As is the case with most Sierra storms, conditions will make driving a challenge. Snow tire or chain restrictions will 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.

“Snow will pose an inconvenience to travelers,” according to NWS. “Roads will become slick and hazardous with snow and ice first developing on bridges and overpasses. Motorists should slow down and use caution.”

Low temperatures overnight Wednesday and Christmas are expected to be in the low- to mid-teens in the Truckee area, and upper-teens around Lake Tahoe.

Sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid- to upper-30s are forecast into New Year’s Eve, according to NWS.