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avatar Special Weather Statement
February 15, 2017 12:26PM
National Weather Service RENO NV
350 AM PST Wed Feb 15 2017

CAZ070>073-NVZ001>005-160100-
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
350 AM PST Wed Feb 15 2017

...Active Weather Pattern Returns Late Tonight...

A series of storms is expected to impact the region beginning
late tonight and potentially lasting through the middle of next
week. The strongest storm in the series will impact the Sierra
and western Nevada Sunday night through Monday night.

There is potential for strong winds across the Sierra Front Range
and along the Highway 395 and Interstate 580 corridor late
tonight and Thursday. These winds will create hazardous conditions
for high-profile vehicles and aviation and for any boats on Lake
Tahoe. Additional rain and snow will also create periods of
difficult travel conditions in the Sierra starting early Thursday
morning.

With very wet antecedent conditions in lower elevations and
exceptionally deep snowpack at higher elevations, even small
amounts of precipitation could create renewed flooding concerns.
The main flooding concerns will continue to be along smaller
streams, areas of poor drainage, and main stem rivers in northeast
California such as the Pit, Susan and Middle Fork Feather, which
have already seen flooding this past week.

Our recommendation is to utilize the quiet weather today to clear
snow, mud and debris from storm drains and poor drainage areas,
and to keep flood mitigation measures in place.

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avatar High Wind Watch
February 15, 2017 12:27PM
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Reno NV
1032 AM PST Wed Feb 15 2017

CAZ073-NVZ003-160100-
/O.CON.KREV.HW.A.0004.170216T1200Z-170217T0000Z/
Mono County-Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area-
Including the cities of Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes, Sparks,
Gardnerville, and Virginia City
1032 AM PST Wed Feb 15 2017

...HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

* Timing: Strong winds will develop late tonight and continue into
Thursday afternoon.

* Winds: Southwest 20 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 65 mph are
possible. For wind prone areas such as Highway 395 between
Susanville and the Nevada border, and for I-580 in the Washoe
Valley, gusts could exceed 70 mph.

* Impacts: Plan for hazardous travel conditions for high profile
vehicles especially along Highway 395 and Interstate 580. Strong
turbulence and wind shear could impact aviation travel. Downed
trees, property damage and power outages are also possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Now is the time to secure loose outdoor items such as patio
furniture and trash cans before winds increase which could blow
these items away. The best thing to do is prepare ahead of time by
making sure you have extra food and water on hand, flashlights
with spare batteries and/or candles in the event of a power outage.

&&

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