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Sierra storm warning, heavy snow, 100 mph winds forecast

March 26, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The National Weather Service has upgraded a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning for the Lake Tahoe area beginning late Tuesday as a weather system packing potentially heavy snow and 100 mph (160 kph) winds makes its way into the region.

The service says a 101 mph (162 kph) gust of wind was recorded Monday at the Mount Rose summit southwest of Reno.

The storm warning runs from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 11 p.m. Wednesday in the mountains around Tahoe, where up to 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow is possible at the highest elevations.

Up to 4 inches (10 cm) of snow is forecast below 7,000 feet (2,133 meters), with 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 cm) possible west of Highway 89 from Tahoe to Alpine County and west of Highway 395 in Mono County.