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More snow coming

RENO (AP) ” A system dropped 4 inches of snow Saturday on higher elevations around Lake Tahoe, and more snow was on the way.

Scott McGuire, a National Weather Service forecaster in Reno, said systems also were expected to bring a chance of snow to the region Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“We’re kind of hanging tight right now on how much snow we’ll be getting out of them,” McGuire said. “But the seasons are transitioning. We’re getting there” toward winter.

Chains or snow tires were required Saturday on a portion of Highway 88 west of Carson Pass, but other highways remained open with no controls.

Alpine Meadows ski resort just north of Lake Tahoe reported 4 inches of snow on Saturday. But like other area resorts, it’s hoping for more snow to make its traditional opening by Thanksgiving Day.

The latest system was accompanied by wind gusts of up to 116 mph at Slide Mountain above Reno and 63 mph in Reno, according to the weather service.

The winds caused two minor power outages in the Reno area, one affecting 48 customers in southeast Reno and the other affecting 287 customers in Palomino Valley northeast of Reno, Sierra Pacific Power Co. spokesman Karl Walquist said.

A high wind watch has been posted Monday for much of northern Nevada, including the Reno-Tahoe area.