Update: Chain controls lifted on I-80
A winter weather advisory will remain in effect for the Truckee-Tahoe area until 9 p.m. this evening.
The region is forecast to receive 6-12 inches of snow above 7,000 feet and west of Highway 89, according to the National Weather Service Office in Reno, with possible wind gusts as high as 90 mph along the crest.
The heaviest period of snowfall is expected this morning, which has already impacted travel in the area.
As of 9 a.m., the California Department of Transportation has chain controls in place on Highway 80 in both directions from Kingvale to the Donner Lake Interchange. There are also chain requirements on Highway 89 going north out of Truckee.
At lake level, light accumulation of snow is possible, according to the weather service, along with wind gusts up to 40 mph.
Local ski resort’s added to last weekend’s storm total with several inches falling at mountains across the region.
Northstar California Resort reported 4 inches of overnight snowfall for a seven-day total of 4 feet. Northstar is projecting another 1-3 inches of snow during the day.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows reported 6 inches of new snow at Squaw for a seven-day total of 56 inches; while Alpine Meadows reported 2 inches of fresh snow for a one-week total of 38 inches.
From above Truckee, Sugar Bowl Resort reported 5 inches of fresh snow for a seven-day total of 47 inches. On Tahoe’s west shore, Homewood Mountain Resort reported 4 inches of overnight snow.
The weather is expected to brighten on Thursday, according to the weather service, with partly cloudy conditions and a high near 44. Friday and Saturday’s weather will be similar, and on Sunday morning another storm will move in, giving the area a chance of snow through Tuesday.
Update: 1:45 p.m., Wednesday
Chain controls have been lifted on Highway 80 in both directions from Rainbow to the Donner Lake Interchange, according to the California Department of Transportation.