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Sierra storm brings snow

RENO ” More snow is expected in the high Sierra Nevada mountains this week after a previous storm system dropped 4 inches of snow at higher elevations around Lake Tahoe, the National Weather Service forecasted.

But western Nevada County can expect cool, cloudy weather today and a cool, sunny Wednesday predicted by Qwikcast.com. Highs are forecast to hit the mid-50s today and mid-60s Wednesday. Light rain could return on Thursday.

In Reno, National Weather Service forecaster Scott McGuire said the coming storm systems were expected to bring a chance of snow to the high mountains Wednesday and Thursday.



“We’re kind of hanging tight right now on how much snow we’ll be getting out of them,” McGuire said. “But the seasons are transitioning” to winter.

Employees at Alpine Meadows ski resort, just north of Lake Tahoe, were hoping the new storm system would add to the 4 inches of snow dropped there on Saturday in time for its traditional opening by Thanksgiving Day.




The latest system was accompanied by wind gusts of up to 116 mph at Slide Mountain above Reno and 63 mph in Reno, according to the Weather Service.

The winds caused two minor power failures in the Reno area, one affecting 48 customers in southeast Reno and the other affecting 287 customers in Palomino Valley northeast of Reno, Sierra Pacific Power Co. spokesman Karl Walquist said.

A high wind watch has been posted Monday for much of northern Nevada, including the Reno-Tahoe area.

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The Union staff contributed to this report.


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