Lake Tahoe weather: Storm upgraded to warning; 1-3 feet of snow possible |

Lake Tahoe weather: Storm upgraded to warning; 1-3 feet of snow possible

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — What started as a winter storm watch has been upgraded to a winter storm warning for the greater Trucke-Tahoe region.

The warning will be in effect from 4 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

One to 3 feet of snow is possible above 8,000 feet, including Carson Pass and the Mt. Rose highway (431) summit, according to NWS, with 6 to 12 inches likely between 7,000 and 8,000 feet. Four to 8 could fall below 7,000 feet.

"Rain and snow will move into the Tahoe Basin Friday and continue through Saturday morning," according to the warning. "Heavy snow is likely Friday night into Saturday morning."

Wind gusts of 50 mph are possible at lake level during the storm, with 100 mph gusts forecast along the Sierra ridge, according to NWS.

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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An earlier forecast Thursday had the region under a winter storm watch, with 1 to 2 feet of snow expected.

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