Winter weather returns to Sierra |

Winter weather returns to Sierra

A cold winter-like storm will sweep through the Tahoe-Truckee area today and tonight, but an afternoon break should prevent significant accumulations, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters downgraded the amount of snow expected in the area to advisory levels, as the brunt of the system appears headed to the north. Two waves of precipitation should hit the Sierra, the first one arriving this morning and the second later tonight.

“The snow should lighten up in the afternoon, giving an opportunity for the snow to melt off the roads,” said meteorologist Rhett Milne of the National Weather Service office in Reno.

The snow level is predicted to start at 6,000 feet, but lower to 5,000 feet this evening.

Skies are expected to clear quickly on Thursday, but forecasters predict another storm, weaker and warmer than today’s, should lead to another bout of spring snow over the weekend.

” Patrick McCartney, Sierra Sun