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Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
255 PM PST Wed Dec 7 2022

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
255 PM PST Wed Dec 7 2022

...Weaker Winter System Thursday night into Friday...
...Potentially Major Sierra Winter Storm this Weekend...

THURSDAY-FRIDAY: Weaker Storm, Sierra Pass Impacts Possible.

A fast moving and weaker storm will push through the Sierra
Thursday night into Friday morning. Travel difficulties across
Sierra passes are possible with up to 6 inches of snow
accumulation along the Sierra crest passes. A few light showers
may make it into western Nevada, but overall much of western
Nevada will remain dry. Winds will become strong across Sierra
ridgelines, with increased breezes into lower valleys.

THIS WEEKEND: Major Sierra Storm.

Chances for a major Sierra winter storm are increasing for this
weekend. Chances for heavy snowfall with feet of accumulation are
increasing across the Sierra from Friday night through late Sunday
night. Travel across the Sierra is not recommended this weekend
and may be impossible at times. If you choose to do so, make sure
to have proper supplies and plan for long delays. Winds will
remain strong and gusty in the High Sierra with periods of
stronger winds surfacing in valley locations.

Lower western Nevada valleys could see spillover rainfall
Saturday as snow levels rise to near 5000 feet. Periods of
moderate to heavy rainfall during this timeframe could create some
nuisance flooding for urban and poor drainage areas. Snow levels
will then rapidly drop to all western Nevada valley floors by
Sunday morning which will provide the best chances for a few
inches snow accumulation and travel impacts across lower valleys.


Winter Storm Watch

National Weather Service Reno NV
1241 PM PST Wed Dec 7 2022

Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline,
and Incline Village
1241 PM PST Wed Dec 7 2022


* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 20 to 30
  inches, except 2 to 4 feet above 7000 feet with up to 5 feet on
  the crest possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area.

* WHEN...From Friday evening through late Sunday night.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Strong
  winds could cause damage to trees and lead to power outages.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heaviest snowfall rates are anticipated
  Saturday and Sunday. The combination of heavy snow and wind may
  bring periods of whiteout conditions.


Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit for your home and
car. If traveling consider alternate plans, remember to carry
tire chains, extra food, water and clothing. Once the storm
arrives, travel may be difficult or impossible for an extended
period of time.



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