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Strong winds, up to 4 feet of snow expected in the Sierra Nevada

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RENO, Nevada — On Friday evening, another winter storm packing heavy snow and powerful winds was moving through the northern Sierra Nevadas, where up to 1.2 meters of snow is expected in high elevations around Lake Tahoe over the weekend. -end.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for a 250-mile (400 kilometer) stretch of the Sierra beginning Friday evening north of Reno along the California-Nevada line. It goes into effect Saturday at 4 a.m. around Lake Tahoe and as far south as Mammoth Lakes, California. The storm warning does not expire in most areas until Monday.

The U.S. Forest Service activated a backcountry avalanche watch Friday night in the central Sierra, including Tahoe, and warned of higher avalanche danger Saturday through Sunday.

“A winter storm with high winds, high-intensity snowfall and feet of new snow accumulation can lead to widespread avalanche activity in the mountains,” the Forest Service Sierra Avalanche Center said Friday.

Up to 18 to 28 inches (45 to 71 centimeters) of snow is forecast throughout the weekend at lake level, and up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) at elevations above 7,000 feet ( 2,133 meters) with winds of 50 mph (80 km/h) and gusts up to 100 mph (160 km/h).

Authorities have urged motorists to stay clear of mountain roads in the Sierra throughout the weekend.

“You could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours,” the Reno Weather Service warned.

On the eastern slope of the Sierra, a winter weather advisory is issued from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. for Reno, Sparks and Carson City, with snowfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5 cm) over valley bottoms and up to 8 inches (20 cm) above 5,000 feet (1,524 meters).

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