Special Weather Statement
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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
353 AM PDT Mon Mar 19 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
353 AM PDT Mon Mar 19 2018


Light valley rain and Sierra snow and rain will develop Tuesday
and Tuesday night, 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 7000 and 8500
  feet, Wednesday and Wednesday night before falling Thursday
  night into Friday with a cold front. Several feet of snowfall
  are likely in the high Sierra by Friday morning. Snowfall in the
  Tahoe Basin, 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 on Thursday, continuing
  into Friday morning...with impacts to Highway 395 in Mono County
  possible by Thursday night.

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


* For Wednesday and Thursday, rain is expected to fall in the
  valleys and foothills of western Nevada. A few snowflakes may
  mix in with the rain by early Friday morning, but accumulations
  are unlikely outside of elevations above 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



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