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avatar Winter Storm Warning
March 12, 2018 10:50AM
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Hanford CA
405 AM PDT Mon Mar 12 2018

CAZ096-122115-
/O.UPG.KHNX.WS.A.0003.180313T0600Z-180315T0600Z/
/O.NEW.KHNX.WS.W.0003.180313T2000Z-180315T0600Z/
Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon-
Including the cities of Devils Postpile, Florence Lake,
Lake Thomas Edison, Tuolumne Meadows, Bass Lake, Fish Camp,
and Wawona
405 AM PDT Mon Mar 12 2018

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TUESDAY TO 11 PM PDT
WEDNESDAY ABOVE 6000 FEET...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16
inches, with localized amounts up to 21 inches, are expected.
Snow level starting near 8000 feet and lowering to 5000 feet on
Wednesday with 3-5 inches of snow possible.

* WHERE...Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon.

* WHEN...From 1 PM Tuesday to 11 PM PDT Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,
including during the evening commute on Tuesday. Be prepared for
significant reductions in visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions
will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must
travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle
in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state
you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

&&

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avatar Special Weather Statement
March 12, 2018 11:07AM
National Weather Service RENO NV
254 AM PDT Mon Mar 12 2018

CAZ070>073-NVZ001>005-130000-
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
254 AM PDT Mon Mar 12 2018

...UNSETTLED WEATHER LIKELY TO PRODUCE VARYING IMPACTS THROUGH
THE WEEK...

A series of storms will move through the Sierra, northeast California,
and western Nevada from mid-week into next weekend with periods of
rain, snow, and wind. This will likely make travel difficult at
times in the higher elevations. Wind and occasional rain and snow
will be the most likely impacts in western Nevada and northeast
California.

Model solutions are in better agreement through Friday, so confidence
in the overall impact of this storm is increasing. The biggest
impact is likely in the Sierra where moderate to heavy snow may
cause travel delays Tuesday and Tuesday night, and again from
Thursday into Saturday morning. To the east and north, breezy
winds will develop Tuesday with rain spreading into the valleys of
western Nevada and northeast California Tuesday evening into
Wednesday morning. Another period of breezy winds is likely for
western Nevada Wednesday.

A second, colder part of the overall storm system is coming together
for Thursday through early Saturday morning. Snow levels should
fall to most valley floors in this part of the storm. Total
precipitation forecasts continue to climb with this part of the
storm as well. At the highest elevations, a few feet of snow are
possible from early Thursday through Saturday morning while the
Sierra valleys could pick up as much as a couple of feet. In the
lower valleys of western Nevada and far northeast California, a
few inches are possible by early Saturday morning.

Details continue to come into better focus with this series of
storms. Anyone with plans that include traveling through the
Sierra should monitor the forecast frequently as timing and snow
amounts will be updated each day.

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