Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Reno, NV

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
408 PM PDT Sun Mar 18 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
408 PM PDT Sun Mar 18 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 breezy to windy
conditions starting on Wednesday and continuing until a cold front
moves through Thursday night.

Impact details Wednesday through Friday:


* Snow levels will start out fairly high, between 7000 and 8500
  feet, Wednesday and Wednesday night before falling on Thursday
  as a cold front approaches the region. 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.


* For Wednesday and Thursday, rain is expected to fall in the
  valleys and foothills of western Nevada..with rain possibly
  changing briefly to snow after the cold front Thursday night. It
  is too soon to tell if valleys will get accumulating snowfall,
  but the Friday morning commute would be the period most likely
  affected if snow does accumulate.

* Winds are expected to be gusty, which could bring periodic impacts
  to aviation and high-profile vehicles.



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