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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
253 PM PST SUN DEC 28 2014

CAZ070>073-NVZ001>005-291300-
SURPRISE VALLEY CALIFORNIA-LASSEN-EASTERN PLUMAS-
EASTERN SIERRA COUNTIES-GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-MONO-
MINERAL AND SOUTHERN LYON COUNTIES-GREATER RENO-CARSON CITY-
MINDEN AREA-WESTERN NEVADA BASIN AND RANGE INCLUDING PYRAMID LAKE-
NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CEDARVILLE...EAGLEVILLE...
FORT BIDWELL...PORTOLA...SUSANVILLE...WESTWOOD...SIERRAVILLE...
LOYALTON...SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...TAHOE CITY...TRUCKEE...
MARKLEEVILLE...BRIDGEPORT...COLEVILLE...LEE VINING...
MAMMOTH LAKES...HAWTHORNE...YERINGTON...SMITH VALLEY...MINA...
SCHURZ...GLENBROOK...INCLINE VILLAGE...SPARKS...VERDI...
GARDNERVILLE...VIRGINIA CITY...FERNLEY...FALLON...LOVELOCK...
SILVER SPRINGS...NIXON...IMLAY...EMPIRE...GERLACH
253 PM PST SUN DEC 28 2014

...LIGHT SNOW POSSIBLE EARLY TUESDAY FOLLOWED BY COLD AND WINDY
CONDITIONS INTO WEDNESDAY...

A COLD STORM SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO IMPACT THE REGION TUESDAY AND
WEDNESDAY BRINGING A POTENTIAL FOR LIGHT SNOW, ALONG WITH STRONG
WINDS AND COLDER TEMPERATURES.

REGARDING THE SNOW POTENTIAL HERE ARE THE KEY POINTS:

* A SOUTHWARD MOVING BAND OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATE MONDAY NIGHT
  INTO TUESDAY. WHILE LIGHT SNOW IS POSSIBLE JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE,
  THE BEST SNOW POTENTIALS ARE ROUGHLY ALONG HIGHWAY 395 FROM
  RENO SOUTH TO CARSON CITY, MINDEN, MARKLEEVILLE, AND BRIDGEPORT.

* FORECAST CONFIDENCE IS STILL SOMEWHAT LOW. IT IS POSSIBLE THIS
  STORM COULD COME THROUGH RELATIVELY DRY PRODUCING LITTLE SNOW.
  IT COULD ALSO YIELD A FEW INCHES OF LIGHT POWDERY SNOW DOWN TO
  VALLEY FLOORS IN THE SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA.

* IF SNOW DOES FALL, THERE WILL BE TRAVEL IMPACTS TO THE TUESDAY
  MORNING COMMUTE LASTING THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY. PLAN ON
  ALLOWING SOME EXTRA TRAVEL TIME AND WAKE UP A LITTLE EARLY
  TUESDAY IN CASE SNOW CAUSES TRAVEL DELAYS. BLOWING SNOW MAY ALSO
  RESULT IN RAPIDLY CHANGING VISIBILITIES.

REGARDING THE STRONG WINDS HERE ARE THE KEY POINTS:

* THIS STORM WILL PRODUCE STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS TUESDAY THROUGH
  WEDNESDAY, WITH THE BIGGEST IMPACTS LIKELY IN THE SIERRA. GUSTS
  TO 40 MPH ARE FORECAST AROUND LAKE TAHOE, WITH 80 MPH OR GREATER
  ON SIERRA PEAKS ABOVE 8000 FEET.

* THE UNUSUAL NORTHEAST WIND DIRECTION COULD LEAD TO IMPACTS AT
  HIGH ELEVATION SKI RESORTS, AND CREATE ROUGH WATER ON LAKE TAHOE
  ESPECIALLY NEAR THE WEST SHORE. WEAKENED TREES FROM EARLIER WIND
  STORMS MAY FALL ESPECIALLY AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

COLD TEMPERATURES, BUT NOT RECORD BREAKING COLD, ARE EXPECTED
TUESDAY THROUGH NEW YEARS DAY. WIND CHILLS COULD DROP INTO THE
-20 TO -40 DEGREE RANGE ON EXPOSED RIDGES IN THE SIERRA, -10 TO
-20 DEGREES NEAR TAHOE AND MAMMOTH, AND NEAR ZERO IN THE WESTERN
NEVADA VALLEYS BOTH TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHTS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE
THIS WEEK INCLUDING NEW YEARS EVE SHOULD PLAN TO TAKE EXTRA
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT FROM THESE WIND CHILLS.

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