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Sierra Winds Forecast To Top 100 mph

Northstar California / AP

In this photo provided by Northstar California, groomers prepare the Big Easy chairlift for guests to enjoy the 96 inches of new snow from the latest round of storms Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at the Northstar California resort in Truckee, Calif.

Northstar California / AP

(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.

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