Holy Snow Storm, 12-20 Inches by Thursday!

This unseasonably warm February had some of us pulling out the spring wardrobe and accessories, but it looks like we can bring out the skis and boards again!

A winter storm watch will be in effect from this evening through Thursday morning.

Twelve to 20 inches of snow is likely above 7,000 feet, with 4 to 10 inches possible between 6,000 and 7,000 feet.

“A mix of rain and snow will begin Wednesday afternoon, becoming all snow Wednesday night,”according to the storm watch. “The heaviest snow is expected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., where snowfall rates could briefly reach 2 to 3 inches per hour.”

As is the case with most Sierra storms, conditions will make driving a challenge. Snow tire or chain restrictions may be in effect along most highways and passes, including Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50, California highways 28, 89 and 267, and Nevada highways 28, 207 and 431.

Since the start of February, much of the snow Tahoe-Truckee saw since December and early January has melted at ground level, meaning — should the forecast pan out — this week’s storm will be a welcome boost for ski resorts and the region’s snow-pack.

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