A thunderstorm warning has been issued Monday through Wednesday morning for the greater Lake Tahoe area.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm is defined by large amounts of blowing snow, winds over 35 mph and visibility of less than a quarter mile.
In the Tahoe area, four to six feet of snow is forecast between Monday morning and Wednesday morning at elevations above 7,000 feet. Winds of 55 mph are forecast, with gusts of 100 mph at higher elevations. The region will get up to 18 inches of snow before that during a storm expected on Sunday.
Carson Pass, Donner Pass and Echo Summit are expected to receive up to seven feet of snow between Monday and Wednesday, with up to two feet falling on Sunday.
Near zero visibility is expected Monday through Wednesday morning.
Extended road closures are possible and travel should be limited to emergencies only, according to the National Weather Service. If you must travel, take a winter survival bag with you. If you get stuck, stay with your vehicle.
“This is a life-threatening situation,” according to the National Weather Service. “Do not attempt to travel during storm conditions.”
It is only the eighth storm warning issued for the area since 2005. The last time it was issued was in January 2021.
Amy Alonzo covers nature, recreation and the environment for Nevada and Lake Tahoe. Contact him at email@example.com.
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