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94 mph wind in Sierra, heavy snow bound for Tahoe

RENO, Nev. — Winds are gusting up to 94 mph (151 kph) in the central Sierra ahead of a winter storm that’s expected to bring up to 2 feet (60 centimetres) of snow to the top of the mountains around Lake Tahoe by the middle of the week.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Tahoe area from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Thursday. A winter weather advisory runs from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday for Reno, Sparks and Carson City where up to 5 inches (13 centimetres) of snow is forecast.

Most of northeast Nevada is under a winter storm watch late Tuesday through Wednesday night with up to 20 inches (50 centimetres) of snow possible in upper elevations.

A 94-mph (151-kph) gust of wind was reported Monday morning at Mammoth Lakes Airport.

The Associated Press