Lake Tahoe weather: Snow advisory extended to 10 p.m., 2 feet possible; power restored in Incline Village | SierraSun.com

Lake Tahoe weather: Snow advisory extended to 10 p.m., 2 feet possible; power restored in Incline Village

Staff report

11 a.m. UPDATE:

Power has since been restored to NV Energy customers in Incline Village, officials said.

In all, forecasters say today's storm could dump up to 8 inches of snow at about 7,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada, and possibly up to 12 inches of snow along the highest mountain peaks.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. Monday.

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9 a.m. MONDAY UPDATE:

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Roughly 3,100 customers are without power Monday morning in Incline Village as the first winter storm of the 2015-16 season hits the Tahoe-Truckee region.

For the most part, the entire community is without power.

A spokesperson for NV Energy said power might be restored by about 11 a.m., although that's just an estimate.

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The forecast for the first winter storm of the 2015-16 season for Tahoe-Truckee has gotten a bit more promising.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for the greater Truckee-Tahoe region from 10 p.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Initial reports Sunday indicated the advisory would expire at 4 p.m. Monday; this morning, forecasters upped the ante to this evening.

NWS reports a foot or more of snow could fall above 8,500 feet, with "localized amounts around 2 feet."

Four to 7 inches of snow is forecast at around 7,000 feet, "including Echo and Donner summits," according to the advisory, with 1 to 3 inches possible at lake level.

Snow levels will remain above 8,000 feet "through midnight Sunday night, then falling to lake level Monday morning."

"Snow over the Sierra passes will create hazardous winter driving conditions," NWS reports. "The worst conditions are expected over Mt. Rose and Carson passes Sunday night into Monday. Echo and Donner summits will see slick driving conditions Monday morning."

The forecast is an upgrade from what NWS reported Saturday, when it suggested only a "few inches of snow" was possible.

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

Follow SierraSun.com all winter long for storm updates.

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