The storm system that dropped nearly a quarter of an inch of rain in Sacramento Wednesday has moved into the mountains where snow has been falling since before daybreak.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for South Lake Tahoe and Truckee through 10 p.m. Wednesday. Chain controls and poor visibility are expected on Highway 50 and Interstate 80.
Snowfall will turn to bands of snow showers Wednesday afternoon, predicts the NWS. Two-to-four inches of snow are expected in Truckee and around the lake level, with up to 10 inches on the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe.
Ski resorts are welcoming the snowfall in advance of the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. At Northstar California, resort employees were smiling as snowflakes fell.
“The snow has been falling overnight,” said Northerstar California resort’s Cassandra Walker. “We already have a few inches piling up. It is still coming down. It is absolutely beautiful. We are excited that the forecast calls for seven inches to come through today.”
Walker said that the resort is prepared for a busy weekend, a time when families can get away for an extended visit. Northstar, near the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, has a base of 74 inches of snow near the summit, 8,300-feet elevation.