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Area Winter Storm Warning Issued for Tuesday

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From the National Weather Service:

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow which is in effect from 4 am to 4 pm Tuesday.

A strong cold front will move through the sierra and western Nevada late Monday and Tuesday. Winds will continue to increase as the front approaches with gusts to 50 mph across most locations. Gusts will reach 60 mph in wind prone areas along Highway 395 and 95.

A band of precipitation will accompany the front as it moves south Monday and early Tuesday. Precipitation may briefly begin as rain below 5,000 feet with snow levels quickly falling to the
Nevada valley floors behind the front. Rapid snow accumulations and reduced visibility are possible during the Tuesday morning commute. Total accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible on valley floors with up to 6 inches in the Sierra and Lake Tahoe Basin. Higher amounts are possible if the snow persists through Tuesday afternoon.

Behind the front, very cold air will settle over the west with temperatures remaining below freezing until later this week. Afternoon highs across the Western Nevada valleys will struggle to reach 30 degrees with overnight lows in the single digits. In the Sierra, afternoon highs will remain in the teens and 20s with overnight lows in the single digits and falling below zero.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly during winter storms, slow down and allow extra time when traveling. Carry tire chains, food, water, blankets and a flashlight in your car in case of
an emergency. 

From the National Weather Service

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