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High Wind Watch

National Weather Service Reno NV
217 PM 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
217 PM PST Thu Nov 23 2017


* Timing: Winds will increase Saturday afternoon and become strong
  and gusty Saturday night through Sunday afternoon.

* 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 and
  Interstate 580. Aviation impacts are expected for area airports
  Saturday afternoon through Sunday. 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.



Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
216 PM 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
216 PM PST Thu Nov 23 2017


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

* WINDS: Strong, gusty southwest winds are expected this weekend.
  Winds will be breezy on Saturday and then increase significantly
  overnight into Sunday afternoon. While it is too early to
  estimate peak gusts, 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, gradually spread southward into
  Sunday evening. Snow levels will also gradually fall during this
  time before crashing Sunday night as a strong cold front moves
  through. The precipitation will end Monday morning behind the

* SNOW LEVELS: Starting at near 9000 feet Saturday afternoon. They
  will fall 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, moderate accumulations
  are likely for the Sierra passes with light accumulations
  possible as low as 4500 feet. Be prepared for major travel
  delays over Sierra passes due to slick and snow-covered roads.


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