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March 02, 2016 06:49PM
National weather service reno nv
314 pm pst wed mar 2 2016

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...Portola...Susanville...
South lake tahoe...Truckee...Bridgeport...Lee vining...
Mammoth lakes...Hawthorne...Yerington...Incline village...
Reno-sparks...Gardnerville...Virginia city...Fernley...Fallon...
Lovelock...Silver springs...Gerlach
314 pm pst wed mar 2 2016

...Winter weather returns this weekend...

Confidence is high that a strong winter storm will affect the
Region this weekend...With an initial period of high sierra snow
Late friday night along with strong winds out into western nevada
On saturday. Additional periods of snow and rain will develop
Saturday night through monday. Although forecast confidence is
High, exactly details of timing and snow amounts may still change.

Saturday winds...
South to southwest wind gusts 40 to 60 mph will impact drivers of
High profile vehicles and cause increased turbulence for aircraft.
Lake waters will also be rough and hazardous for boaters. Ridge
Gusts will reach 100 mph and may impact outdoor activities in the
High sierra...Where periods of whiteout conditions are expected.
Drought stressed trees in the sierra will be prone to damage from
These winds.

Snow will begin in the high sierra late friday night and continue
Into early monday. The following are current snowfall projections
With confidence lower below about 6500 feet due to uncertainty in
Cold front timing and lowering snow levels.

* sierra above 7000 feet...1 to 3 feet.
* sierra between 6000 and 7000 feet...Up to 12 inches...With
Heaviest amounts along and west of highway 89.
* foothills and sierra valleys between 5000 and 6000 feet...Up
To 6 inches.
* below 5000 feet...Up to a couple inches.

Snow covered roads are likely over higher sierra passes by
Saturday...And all sierra passes saturday night into sunday. Snow
Will expand to throughout the tahoe basin, eastern sierra, and
Even the lower valleys of western nevada by the monday morning
Commute. Expect chain controls and long travel delays in the

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