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Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
305 PM PDT Sat May 15 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
305 PM PDT Sat May 15 2021

...Showers and Thunderstorms Continue This Weekend...

Widespread showers and thunderstorms will continue to impact the
eastern Sierra and western Nevada through the weekend. We have
already seen areas of wetting rains, with additional chances
tonight into Sunday. There is a 15% chance that a thunderstorm
will develop tonight, with a 25% chance in any location for
Sunday. When thunderstorms develop there is potential for heavy
rain, small hail, dangerous lightning, as well as gusty and
erratic outflow winds. Wind gusts of 35 to 55 mph will be possible
near thunderstorms or moderately developed cumulus clouds. At
times these wind gusts can appear to come out of nowhere.

Some light snow or accumulating small hail is not out of the
question near and above 9000 feet in the Sierra. This could lead
to difficult travel over Sonora Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and along
Highway 120 west of Lee Vining.

Be sure to have a way to receive weather alerts if you have
outdoor plans. Be prepared for cooler temperatures, rain, and have
a plan to reach shelter should thunderstorms approach your
location. Those venturing into the backcountry should carry extra
gear, as thunderstorms and rainfall can result in hypothermia. We
have seen temperatures drop 30-40 degrees in heavier showers. If
you have outdoor activities or celebrations be prepared to secure
banners, signs, hats, and temporary structures as gusty winds can
loft these items rapidly. When it comes to lightning safety, there
is no safe place if you are caught outdoors during a thunderstorm.
Be sure you have a quick exit strategy to a sturdy building or
vehicle. Lightning may spark new fires as well, as we have seen
today, so be sure to quickly report any new smoke you notice.

Thunderstorm development for Sunday will likely be delayed until
after noon. There are indications that some storms could be
stronger on Sunday with potential for damaging winds. Stay up-to-
date on the weather this weekend to keep you and yours safe.


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