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Regional Winter Storm Warning Starts Wednesday Night

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As much as 2 feet of snow is possible atop the Sierra by Thursday as the first significant storm in nearly two months blows in none too soon for a drought-stricken region where wildfire threats are unseasonably high. 
 
The state of California announced earlier this week the hiring of 125 extra firefighters in Northern California due to the dry winter conditions.
 
The storm is expected to start dropping moderate to heavy rain and high-elevation snow on the Sierra beginning Wednesday night, with precipitation changing to snow Thursday and Thursday night.
 
Snowfall could total up to 2 feet above 8,000 feet with a foot or more above 7,000 feet. Between a half-inch and an inch of rain is expected in Reno with up to 2 inches of snow in the foothills. (AP)

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From the National Weather Service:

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a regional winter storm warning for heavy snow which is in effect from 10 pm Wednesday to 4 am Friday.

* Timing: moderate to heavy rains and high elevation snow will develop in the northern Sierra Wednesday afternoon, changing over to snow early Thursday morning.

Snow accumulations: near two feet above 8,000 feet - one foot or more above 7,000 feet - and around 6 inches at Lake Tahoe level. Snow forecasts below 7,000 feet are lower confidence due to uncertainties with when snow levels drop Thursday morning.

Snow levels: 8,000-9,000 feet Wednesday, dropping to 7,000 feet around midnight tonight, and to Lake Tahoe level around daybreak Thursday morning.

Winds: southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Gusts on the Sierra ridges to 70 mph tonight.

Impacts: travel over the Sierra and around Lake Tahoe is likely to be impacted by periods of heavy snow late Wednesday and all day Thursday. Expect delays and consider planning alternate routes or adjust travel times to avoid the heavy snow. I-80 over Donner Pass and Highway 50 over Echo Pass will be impacted.

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. Check our website at www.weather.gov/reno or listen to noaa weather radio for updates on this situation.

The above winter storm warning affects the following counties: Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Plumas Counties in California - and Washoe, White Pine, Elko and Douglas Counties in Nevada.

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The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter weather advisory above 5,000 feet for snow which is in effect from 4 am to 10 am Thursday.

Timing: moderate to heavy rains and mountain snow will develop Wednesday night with snow levels falling to near or just above valley floors Thursday morning.

Snow accumulations: 3 to 6 inches possible above 5,500 feet with 1 to 3 inches possible as low as 5,000 feet.

Snow levels: above 8,000 feet Wednesday dropping below 7,000 feet after midnight tonight and to 4,500 feet around daybreak Thursday morning.

Winds: southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

Impacts: travel on roads above 5,000 feet may be slick and hazardous during the thursday morning commute. Expect delays...and consider adjusting travel times to avoid the snow if traveling to or from elevations above 5,000 feet along the Sierra front. Impacts will include Geiger Grade and roads leading into the Sierra. Roads should remain wet below 5,000 feet.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

Snow is expected to pose an inconvenience to travelers. Roads will become slick and hazardous...with snow and ice first developing on bridges and overpasses. Motorists should slow down and use caution. Check our website at www.weather.gov/reno or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for updates on this situation.

Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for the following counties: Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Mono, Nevada and Plumas Counties in California - and Elko, Humboldt, Lander, White Pine and Eureka Counties in Nevada.

From the National Weather Service

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