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Storm expected to drop snow before New Year’s

David Bunker
Photo by Paul Raymore/Sierra Sun A Lexus sport utility vehicle rolled over in the icy conditions on Northwoods and Davos in Tahoe Donner on Tuesday afternoon.
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Skiers and snowboarders looking for the last powder turns of 2004 can expect a couple feet of new snow on the mountains on the last two days of 2004.

While a post-Christmas storm largely missed Truckee, another strong winter system is taking aim at the area and is expected to bring between one and two feet of snow to town on Thursday and Friday. Two to four feet of snow are possible in the higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow is part of a stormy pattern that is expected to last for the next week. A low-pressure system over the region will continue to funnel unsettled weather to Truckee until next Wednesday, said Dave Pike, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

While the pre-New Year’s storm is not expected to be one of the largest this winter, its significant snowfall will add to the Sierra snowpack, which currently has a higher-than-normal water content. Last week the Tahoe-area snowpack registered 119 percent of normal water content for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service. The precipitation will also add to Lake Tahoe, which remains less than a half a foot below its rim, and help fill lakes and reservoirs in the area that are showing the effects of several years of drought.