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Lake Tahoe weather: Foot of snow possible Tuesday at high elevations

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — After a sunny, yet chilly, reprieve during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, more snow is in the forecast this week for the greater Truckee-Tahoe region.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter weather advisory from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, for the area.

Four to 8 inches of snow is possible in the valleys and at ground and lake level in the mountains, with 8 to 15 inches forecast above 7,000 feet, "with the highest amounts along the Sierra crest west of Lake Tahoe," according to NWS.

Winds of up to 25 mph are likely in the valleys and at lake level, according to the advisory, with gusts of 80 to 100 mph possible along ridge lines.

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.

More weather patterns are projected to bring snow and cold air to the Tahoe-Truckee region later in the week; as of Monday morning, it's too early to predict snowfall totals.

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The week figures to be a bit warmer, however, than over the New Year's holiday, when low temperatures in Truckee hovered around 0 degrees. NWS projects Monday's low in Truckee at 26 degrees, with temps between 12 and 19 projected into the weekend.

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