The combination of heavy snow and intense winds will create whiteout conditions.
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Wind gusts on the ridge tops around Lake Tahoe could top 110 mph. Snow totals will range from 2-5 feet.
Do not try to travel into the Sierra during this time as road closures are very likely.
Calmer weather will return by Friday afternoon, allowing folks the ability to travel to Tahoe.
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⛓Chains required on I-80 from just east of Baxter to the Nevada state line. #cawx— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) January 16, 2019