More than a foot of snow falls at Lake Tahoe ski resorts

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More than a foot of snow falls at Lake Tahoe ski resorts

More than a foot of snow has fallen at some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe.

The National Weather Service in Reno reported more than 2 feet of snow was recorded on the ridgetops early Thursday in the southern Sierra south of the mountain lake where as much as 5 feet is possible by the weekend.

The first of a series of storms moving into the Sierra dropped 14 inches at the Mt. Rose Ski Resort between Reno and Tahoe early Thursday, 13 inches at Northstar near Truckee, California and 19 to 30 inches at parts of Mammoth Mountain 120 miles south of the lake along the Nevada-California line.

A half-foot or more of snow was reported at a number of other Tahoe-area resorts, including Squaw Valley near Tahoe City, California and Heavenly Ski Resort at south Lake Tahoe.
    
Authorities say northern Nevada highways are wet and slick due to rain and snow.

A winter storm warning was issued through 4 a.m. Friday, followed by a winter storm watch Friday evening through Saturday evening due to an expected second storm.

Wind gusts over 70 mph were forecast in exposed higher terrain.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said chain restrictions were required in some areas, and forecasters urged drivers in the high country to avoid travel if possible.

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