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Series of winter storms to hit Truckee-Tahoe region this weekend

A Northstar California employee works to remove snow after a storm last January.
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The Truckee-Tahoe area will be hit with a series of winter storms this weekend, which should bring several feet of fresh snow to higher elevations and local ski resorts.

A winter storm watch will go in effect for the Truckee-Tahoe area on Friday afternoon through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service Office in Reno, as forecasters are calling for up to 30 inches of snow at elevations above 7,000 feet.

Rain and snow are expected around Truckee and at lake level beginning Friday evening, according to the weather service, which said elevations around 6,000 feet could receive up to a foot of snow. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph are also in the forecast over the Sierra Nevada ridges. Temperatures for Friday and Saturday are forecast to hover between 30 and 40 degrees, before falling into the 20s late Saturday night.

“There’ll be some pretty gusty south winds around Truckee,” said Meteorologist Cassie Leahy. “It’ll be pretty messy travel Friday night into Saturday. Especially Saturday morning, that’s when the heaviest stuff is going to move through.”

The weather service issued a statement highly discouraging travel in the Sierra from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.

The first storm, which is expected to drop heavy, wet snow, will move out of the area on Saturday, and will be followed by another, larger storm, which will hit the region shortly after.

“That one looks like a colder system, and looks like it will pack more of a punch. It’s still early to talk about totals, but that one is definitely going to cause some problems,” said Leahy.

“The main thing there is there’s not really going to be a huge break between the two, not really a clear break to go over the pass. It’s going to be a nasty weekend all around for any travel over the mountains.”

The storm will last through Sunday and into Monday, according to Leahy, bringing lighter, drier snow to the Sierra, and could also deliver snow down in the Reno area. Temperatures on Sunday and Monday aren’t expected to get above 30 degrees in Truckee.

“It’s colder and the snow levels are going to be a bit lower,” said Leahy. “We’re thinking there could even be some snow down in the valleys. The Friday-Saturday storm isn’t one to ignore, but the Sunday-Monday one looks to be a bit bigger. After that it looks to dry up a bit, but we’ll have to see about that.”

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.