The first significant snowfall of the season is expected for Tahoe

The first significant snowfall of the season is expected for Tahoe

A cold front from the Pacific Northwest pushed into Northern California Tuesday morning and is expected to bring more than 1 foot of snow to higher elevations in the Tahoe Basin and more than 2 feet to Lassen Peak, the Service said National Meteorological.

“We’re calling it the first significant snow of the season,” said Emily Heller, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Sacramento office. “It’s the first storm with travel impacts and travel delays.”

Snow levels are expected to drop to 6,500 feet Tuesday and reach 3,500 feet Wednesday morning, the weather service said. The heaviest snow is expected to fall Tuesday afternoon with light snow continuing into Wednesday evening.

Before the storm, the weather service issued a winter storm warning in effect for the Sierra and Cascades from noon Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Drivers should prepare for near-whiteout conditions with major travel delays, road closures and chain checks.

“Travel is strongly discouraged,” the weather service said.

The weather service is predicting 24 to 30 inches of snow on Lassen Peak, 12 to 18 inches over Donner Pass, 4 to 6 inches on Echo Pass, 12 to 18 inches on Carson Pass and 6 to 8 inches over Tioga Pass.

The Interstate 5 corridor near Shasta may also see a dusting of fresh dust, and 3 to 8 inches could fall around Lake Tahoe at lake level.

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