(AP) - The National Weather Service in Reno says winds in excess of 100 mph over Sierra ridgetops could churn up waves as high as 5 feet on Lake Tahoe this weekend as a series of winter storms dumps several more feet of snow in the mountains.
The service issued a winter storm warning for the Tahoe region Thursday effective until 4 a.m. Monday.
Winds gusting up to 100 mph are expected over the top of the Sierra Friday and up to 120 mph Saturday night into Sunday.
Lake Tahoe waves are forecast at 2 to 3 feet Friday and Saturday, and up to 5 feet Sunday.
Two to 4 feet of snow is forecast through Monday at lake level - an elevation of about 6,200 feet.
The weather service expects 3 to 6 feet of snow above 7,000 feet through the weekend. That's about 200 feet lower than the elevation where Interstate 80 crosses Donner Pass west of Truckee, California.
I-80 was closed there for three days two weeks ago. More than 15 feet of snow has fallen on parts of the Sierra since Jan. 1.