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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
219 PM PST Thu Mar 4 2021

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
219 PM PST Thu Mar 4 2021

...Snow in the Mountains/Passes Friday Night-Saturday, Colder
Storms Next Week...

* After a mild start to March, a transition to a more active
  weather pattern will begin this weekend and likely continue for
  much of next week. Anyone with travel plans during this
  timeframe should keep close tabs on the forecast in the days to

* A fast-moving Pacific storm will bring snow to the Sierra late
  Friday evening into Saturday morning. The focus of this storm
  will mainly be in the Sierra from Alpine County northward, with
  a brief period of intense 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates
  possible. Total snow accumulation will likely be low by Sierra
  standards with 1-2 inches at Lake Tahoe elevation and 4-7 inches
  for the Sierra crest. Hazardous travel over the Sierra passes,
  including Donner, Echo, and Carson passes, along with areas west
  of Susanville is anticipated for early Saturday morning. Snow
  will likely end abruptly after sunrise.

* Only light rain or snow showers are expected for foothill and
  lower valleys across western Nevada Saturday morning with not
  much, if any accumulation likely. Gusty south-southwest winds
  will also be possible areawide with most lower elevations seeing
  25-35 mph gusts, while the Sierra crest could see gusts as high
  as 60-80 mph.

* After a relatively quiet day on Sunday, an active pattern will
  resume on Monday with waves of snow and gusty winds through
  Wednesday and possibly Thursday. While we are not anticipating
  any particularly strong storms, these storms will be on the
  colder side which could bring snow to valley floors. Travel
  disruptions should be expected across the Sierra and possibly at
  times into Western Nevada Monday through Wednesday. The latest
  snow total projections are showing 1-2 feet along the Sierra
  crest, 6-12 inches for mountain communities, and a dusting to
  several inches into the Western Nevada cities. Wind gusts on
  the order of 25 to 40 mph will occur at times.


Lake Wind Advisory

National Weather Service Reno NV
1255 PM PST Thu Mar 4 2021

Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee,
Markleeville, Stateline, Glenbrook, and Incline Village
1255 PM PST Thu Mar 4 2021


* WHAT...Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph
  expected. Waves 2 to 4 feet with highest waves on the
  northeastern shores.

* WHERE...Lake Tahoe.

* WHEN...From 10 AM Friday to 1 PM PST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Small boats, kayaks and paddle boards will be prone to
  capsizing and should remain off lake waters until conditions


Check lake conditions before heading out and be prepared for a
sudden increase in winds and wave heights. Consider postponing
boating activities on the lake until a day with less wind.



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