Winter returns to area |

Winter returns to area

Winter is back after almost a week of spring-like weather. A storm brought snow Monday to the Sierra, along with wet and windy weather to western Nevada County.

A second, heavier system is expected to dump more rain on the foothills tonight through early Wednesday, Steve Martinez of the weather service said.

A snow advisory was in effect through today for the Lake Tahoe region above 7,000 feet, where forecasters said more than a foot of snow was possible. Alpine Meadows reported 5 to 7 inches of new powder Monday and Boreal Mountain Playground received 4 inches, according to the Weather Channel’s Web site,

Temperatures will remain moderate with this low pressure system, hovering around the 50s during the day and overnight lows in the 40s. The snow level will be 6,500 to 7,500 feet during the day today and will drop to about 5,500 feet at night.

Chains or snow tires were required early Monday on all trans-Sierra highways, including Interstate 80 over Donner Summit between Reno and Sacramento, U.S. 50 over Echo Summit, and California 88.

A high wind watch was issued for the Reno-Carson City area Monday night through today.

Southwest winds 20-30 mph were forecast, with gusts up to 50 mph, the National Weather Service said.

In the mountains, gusts could top 70 mph over the ridgetops, forecasters said.

Extended forecasts predict scattered showers throughout Wednesday, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation Saturday and Sunday.

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