Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Reno, NV

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
309 AM PDT Tue Mar 20 2018

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
309 AM PDT Tue Mar 20 2018


Light valley rain and Sierra snow and rain will develop today and
tonight, with some travel impacts possible for Sierra and
northeast California passes. A much stronger system will bring
lower valley rain, Sierra rain and snow, and gusty winds starting
on Wednesday and continuing until a cold front moves through late
Thursday into Friday morning.

Impact details Wednesday through Friday:


* Snow levels will start out fairly high, between 7500 and 8500
  feet, Wednesday and Wednesday night before falling Thursday
  night into Friday as colder air filters into the region. Several
  feet of snowfall are likely in the High Sierra by Friday
  morning. Snowfall in the Tahoe Basin below 7000 feet, and in
  Mono County below 8000 feet, is more uncertain and will depend
  on how fast snow levels fall. Still, significant travel impacts
  for the main Sierra passes including Interstate 80 and Highway
  50 are likely by Thursday, continuing into Friday morning...
  with impacts to Highway 395 in Mono County possible by late
  Thursday night.

* Strong winds are likely over mountain ridges, with periodic
  stronger gusts surfacing in Sierra valley locations.


* For Wednesday night and Thursday, rain is expected to develop in
  the valleys and foothills of western Nevada. A few snowflakes
  may mix in with the rain in the foothills by early Friday
  morning, but accumulations are unlikely below 5500 feet.

* Winds are expected to be gusty, which could bring periodic
  impacts to aviation and high-profile vehicles along with choppy
  conditions on area lakes. Currently the two periods of strongest
  winds look to be Wednesday and again Thursday afternoon.



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