Today’s weather: Back-to-back storms to bring periods of heavy snow to Tahoe |

Today’s weather: Back-to-back storms to bring periods of heavy snow to Tahoe

(AP Photo/Weather Underground)This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2:00 PM EST shows a line of clouds extending from the Pacific Ocean through the Northwest associated with a frontal system that is renewing substantial rain and high elevation snow through the region. Windy and wet conditions will engulf California once again later today. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the Sierra Nevada and mountains in Northern California.

A winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Lake Tahoe area from 10 a.m. this morning until 4 a.m. Friday morning.

Look for increasing snow and south winds today ahead of a cold front which will move across the area this evening. Highs today are forecast to reach the lower to mid 30s with south to southwest winds 20 to 40 mph in the afternoon.

Winds along the Sierra crest are expected to reach over 100 mph this afternoon and evening. These winds combined with heavy snow will create blizzard or white out conditions over the passes and other exposed areas this afternoon into Friday morning. Snow accumulations of around 6 to 12 inches are forecast at lake level and 1 to 2 feet above 7,000 feet by Friday morning.

Snow is forecast to taper off to snow showers Friday morning with low temperatures dropping into the teens around the lake.

Snow showers with light accumulation are expected to continue through Friday with highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s at lake level.

Should see a break in the snow shower activity Friday evening into early Saturday morning which would provide the best opportunity to travel before more snow begins to fall on Saturday. Stay tuned to see if the late Saturday into Sunday morning storm will bring significant snow to the Tahoe area.

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