RENO, Nev. — Chains or snow tires are required on U.S. Interstate 80 over the top of the Sierra and most of the major mountain passes around Lake Tahoe as another winter storm makes its way into northern Nevada.

As much as a foot (30 centimeters) of snow is possible in the mountains around Tahoe by early Tuesday and several inches around Reno with a much bigger storm on its way by Thursday.

A winter-weather advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Monday for the Reno-Tahoe area and until 4 a.m. Tuesday in northeast Nevada where as much as 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow is possible in the upper elevations around Elko.

Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts are hoping this week’s series of storms will help bolster the dismal Sierra snow back being dragged down by one of the warmest winters on record.

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