New storm Tahoe-bound on heels of snowiest December ever

California

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The next winter storm on the heels of the snowiest December on record at Lake Tahoe is headed into the Sierra and northern Nevada with potentially damaging winds, mountain snow and a few light rain and snow showers in the valleys.

The Mount Rose ski resort on the edge of Reno was closed Monday due to high winds.

Snowfall should be modest compared to recent events but blowing snow could make travel difficult, the National Weather Service said.

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The nearly 18 feet (5.5 meters) of snow that fell at North Lake Tahoe last month was more than any other December in the past 142 years, the University of California-Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab reported. The 214 inches (543 centimeters) of snow broke the previous record of 179 inches (454 cm) set in 1970. Scientists have been measuring snowfall there since 1879.

The weather service said Monday a high-wind warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday with gusts possible in excess of 100 mph (160 kph) over ridgetops around Lake Tahoe and up to 70 mph (112 kph) in Reno and the Sierra’s eastern front.

“Damaging winds could blown down trees and power lines. Power outages are possible,” the service said.

Strong winds will produce wave heights at Lake Tahoe from 2 to 5 feet (61 cm to 1.5 meters), it said.

In north-central and northeast Nevada, a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow is expected in the mountains around Winnemucca, and up to 8 inches (20 cm) in the Ruby Mountains and East Humboldt Range in Elko County, with up to 4 inches (10 cm) in the valleys.

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