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Lake Tahoe weather: Storm warning Monday; 3 feet of snow possible up top

Staff report

A snowy downtown Truckee is seen at night last week.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Another storm is forecast to hit the greater Tahoe-Truckee region on Monday, Dec. 21, potentially bringing as much as 3 feet of snow to higher elevations.

A winter storm warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno; 18 to 36 inches of snow is possible above 7,000 feet.

"Totals will vary widely below 7,000 feet due to snow level fluctuations," according to NWS. "Generally … 4-12 inches (is possible below 7,000), with highest amounts along and west of Highway 89."

Snow levels will start at 6,000 feet Monday morning, rising to around 7,000 feet by Tuesday morning.

"Snow and blowing snow due to winds will create near whiteout conditions along with icy roads," 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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