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Snow, much colder weather moving into Sierra, western Nevada

RENO, Nev. — The National Weather Service has issued winter weather and high wind advisories for much of the Sierra and western Nevada through Thursday as snow and much colder weather moves into the region.

Winds will increase Monday into Tuesday with gusts reaching up to 45 mph (72 kph) in the valleys and as strong as 100 mph (160 kph) over the ridge tops, the service said.

The lake wind advisory runs through through 5 p.m. Tuesday, with waves on Lake Tahoe expected as high as 4 feet (1.2 meters).

Snow showers are forecast to begin Monday, with up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow at lake level growing to up to 4 inches (10 cm) Tuesday into Wednesday.

Travel impacts are expected in the Sierra, but should be minimized during daylight hours due to warmer roads this time of the year, the service said.

High temperatures from Tuesday through Thursday will be about 10 degrees (5 degrees Celsius) cooler than normal for this time of year, with highs just above freezing.

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