Snow advisory posted for Sierra |

Snow advisory posted for Sierra

RENO (AP) — A brief spring storm is expected to bring rain to much of Northern California and snow and heavy winds to the Sierra Nevada before clearing out Wednesday.

A snow advisory for the Lake Tahoe region will take effect Tuesday evening and last through midday Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the system will bring up to 10 inches of snow at the highest elevations and several inches as low as 4,500 feet in the Sierra foothills. Wind gusts on mountain ridges could top 80 mph.

Northern California can expect about a quarter inch of rain overnight Tuesday, National Weather Service Forecaster George Cline said. Snow and rain also could fall in the Reno-Carson City area.

The storm comes after an unusually dry March. Temperatures are expected to turn more spring-like by Friday and into the weekend.