Series of storms could bring some relief to the Sierra

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Series of storms could bring some relief to the Sierra

The Reno/Tahoe area is getting the first of several storms.

As of 8 AM, it was snowing or raining throughout the region. A few inches are expected in the valleys by the end of Thursday and possibly 3 to 6 inches in Tahoe.

There are chain controls near Donner Pass and on Mount Rose Highway.

Alex Hoon is with the National Weather Service in Reno. He says the weather will taper off this afternoon, but there's more to come.

"We are expecting what we call an atmospheric river, a Pacific moisture plume, and it's expected to move into the Sierra this weekend and basically sit there all weekend, just dumping rain."

Up above 8,000 there could be several feet of snow by the end of the weekend. Below that elevation, though, it will be predominantly rain with a chance of an inch or two of snow in Tahoe.

Hoon says it's going to be the best storm of 2014, but it's only a drop in the bucket given this winter's drought.

"This isn't really going to help the snowpack a whole lot especially with the higher snow levels, so it's going to be a lot of rain, a lot of it is going to be running off."

Recent measurements of the snowpack in Tahoe put it at 20 -25 percent of average.