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Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
302 AM PST Thu Nov 23 2017

Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas-
Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County-
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, Stateline, Glenbrook,
Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City,
Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire,
and Gerlach
302 AM PST Thu Nov 23 2017


A potent Pacific storm will move inland this weekend bringing
rain, mountain snow, and gusty winds. The winds will begin
Saturday and continue through Sunday. Precipitation will begin as
rain, even over Sierra passes, as snow levels start high. Snow
levels will begin to fall Sunday with snow over the passes
possibly by sunset. Expect holiday weekend travel impacts due to
winds and snow over the passes. Some details follow:

* WINDS: Strong, gusty southwest winds are expected from late
  Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. Winds may abate
  somewhat over Saturday night in lower valley locations, but
  they will remain strong along the foothills and over the ridges.
  Wind gusts of 60 mph or more are possible along portions of the
  395 corridor and Sierra ridge gusts will likely exceed 100 mph.

* PRECIPITATION: Light rain is likely over the mountains by
  Saturday evening north of I-80 before gradually spreading
  southward into Sunday evening. Snow levels will also gradually
  fall during this time before crashing late Sunday night as a
  strong cold front moves through the region. Precipitation will
  end Monday morning behind the front.

* SNOW LEVELS: Starting near 9000 feet Saturday afternoon before
  falling to 5500 feet for Lassen County, 7000 feet for the Tahoe
  Basin, and 8000 feet for Mono County by late Sunday afternoon.
  Snow levels will crash Sunday night and fall to near the lower
  valley floors as the precipitation ends. While it is too early
  to predict snowfall amounts, accumulations are likely for the
  Sierra passes with light accumulations possible as low as 5000
  feet. Be prepared for major travel delays over Sierra passes due
  to slick and snow-covered roads.


High Wind Watch

National Weather Service Reno NV
251 AM PST Thu Nov 23 2017

Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas-
Eastern Sierra Counties-Mono County-Greater Reno-Carson City-
Minden Area-Northern Washoe County-
Including the cities of Cedarville, Fort Bidwell, Portola,
Susanville, Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes, Sparks, Gardnerville,
Virginia City, Empire, and Gerlach
251 AM PST Thu Nov 23 2017


* Timing: Winds will increase Saturday morning and become strong
  and gusty through the afternoon and evening. Winds will
  continue through Saturday night and into Sunday afternoon as

* Winds: South to Southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph
  possible. Wind prone areas may see gusts up to 70 mph, with
  Sierra ridge gusts up to 100 mph.

* Impacts: Strong cross winds and travel restrictions are likely
  to impact high profile vehicles especially along Highway 395/I-580.
  Aviation impacts are expected for area airports Saturday
  afternoon and evening. Localized damage to trees and fences may
  occur along with possible power outages.


Now is the time to secure loose outdoor items such as patio
furniture, holiday decorations, and trash cans before winds
increase which could blow these items away. The best thing to do
is prepare ahead of time by making sure you have extra food and
water on hand, flashlights with spare batteries and/or candles in
the event of a power outage.



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