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Spring storm bringing nearly foot of snow to Sierra mountain tops, slick roads over passes

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RENO, Nevada — A spring storm is moving across the Sierra Nevada, with nearly a foot of snow expected on the mountain tops, and flurries and rain showers in the valleys into Friday morning.

The National Weather Service reported more than 3 inches of snow early Thursday on Lake Tahoe's western shore at Homewood, California.

Chains or snow tires are required over the Mount Rose Highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe's north shore. A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 11 a.m. Friday in California's Mono County south of the lake.

The weather service says the heaviest snow is expected Thursday afternoon, with some bands producing as much as 2 inches of snow an hour in the areas south of U.S. Highway 50. Travelers should be prepared for snow- or ice-covered roads.

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