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White Christmas: Storm headed for the Lake Tahoe Basin

Sun news service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” Those dreaming of a white Christmas will likely have their wish come true: Another blast of winter weather is headed for the Lake Tahoe Basin.

A winter storm warning is in effect from 4 Wednesday morning to noon Thursday, Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Light to moderate snow will begin moving into the Sierra on Wednesday afternoon with heavy snow expect overnight and Thursday.

At least 10 to 16 inches of snow is expected at lake level in the Lake Tahoe basin, with 5 to 10 inches below 7,000 feet. Meanwhile, ski resorts can expect between 1 to 3 feet of snow at elevations above 7,000 feet.

Winds will likely be from the southwest at 15 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph on Wednesday night into Thursday, according to the Weather Service. Local gusts to 60 mph are possible in wind prone areas and at the mouth of canyons. Ridge gusts of up to 130 mph are possible.

With the coming storm, conditions can deteriorate rapidly. The Weather Service advises motorists to slow down and allow extra time when traveling. Travelers should carry tire chains, food, water, blankets and a flashlight in case of an emergency.