Another winter storm is headed for the snow-battered Sierra, where several area ski resorts set February records with more than 20 feet (6 meters) of snow in four weeks.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Friday effective from midnight through 6 p.m. Saturday for the Lake Tahoe region.

Up to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow is expected with up to 20 inches (51 cm) possible at elevations above 7,000 feet (2,133 meters).

The service says winds could gust up to 75 mph (120 kph) over the ridgetops.

The heaviest snow is expected Saturday morning. A mix of rain and snow should fall in the valleys around Reno, Sparks and Carson City.

More than 40 feet (13 meters) of snow already has fallen this winter at the top of some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe.

Up at Donner Memorial State Park, the snow has been building up from the recent storms.

It hasn’t quite reached the top of the plaque which marks the depth of the snow when the ill-fated Donner Party tried making it over the Sierra.

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