- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Winds are gusting up to 80 mph over the top of the Sierra ahead of a winter storm expected to bring more than 2 feet of snow to the highest elevations west of Reno this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Friday for the Lake Tahoe area effective Saturday afternoon through Monday morning.

Forecasters say it’s an erratic weather system that could bring as little as one-half foot to as much as 20 inches of snow to Tahoe’s shores.

Either way, the service says 2 feet of snow likely will fall on the Sierra crest with a few inches in surrounding valleys.

A wind advisory was in effect Friday for most of the Sierra’s eastern front, with gusts of 80 mph atop the Mount Rose Ski Resort and 49 mph at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

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