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Storm expected to drop more than foot of new snow on Lake Tahoe ski resorts

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The snow began dropping on Wednesday night and is expected to continue throughout today. According to KCRA-3 TV in Sacramento, the storm could drop between 12-16 inches of snow at elevation 7,500 feet and above. The snow total is expected to be 4-8 inches at 6,000 feet.

Snow levels Thursday morning are expected to drop near 4,500 feet. There is 100 percent chance of snow today and that drops to 60 percent on Friday.

Located off Mt. Rose Highway, Mt. Rose ski resort was reporting the most snow in the Tahoe region with 7-11 inches since last night.

Both Diamond Peak and Kirkwood ski resort had 8 inches of new snow, while Sugar Bowl ski resort and Heavenly Mountain were reporting 7 inches of snow overnight.

Northstar California reported 4-7 inches of snow, while both Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley had 6 inches

This is only the second snow day in January. Ski resorts reported up to 5 inches of snowfall Jan. 11. That was the first snow in Lake Tahoe since Dec. 7.

Outside of a sizable snow storm in early December, precipitation this winter has been almost non-existent in the Lake Tahoe region. This trend that comes after 2013 was one of the driest ever in the Sierra.

National Weather Service for Lake Tahoe

Today: Snow in the morning ... then snow showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches, with 4 to 8 inches above 7,000 feet. Highs 29 to 34. West winds around 10 mph.

Tonight: Snow showers likely in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Lows 14 to 19. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening becoming light. Ridge gusts up to 55 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Highs 32 to 37. Light winds becoming northwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows 8 to 18. West winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs 29 to 34. Northeast winds around 10 mph in the morning becoming light.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 5 to 15.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs 32 to 37.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 10 to 20.

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