From the National Weather Service:
A wet weather pattern is expected into the weekend as a series of Pacific storms affect the Sierra and western Nevada. The first is expected Thursday and will spread snow into the eastern Sierra with lighter snow into western Nevada. The heaviest snows are expected in the Sierra south of Interstate 80.
A stronger storm is expected this weekend and will make its presence felt Friday afternoon. Winds will increase with strong gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible across the Sierra and western Nevada Friday night. In addition, this storm will tap into a subtropical moisture plume that will last into the weekend. Periods of heavy rain and high elevation snow are possible in the Sierra Friday night into Sunday with lighter amounts into western Nevada.
Snow levels with the first system tomorrow are expected to remain near the valley floors. For the weekend, snow levels continue to be problematic. At this time, snow levels look to start below 5,000 feet early Friday evening then rise to over 7,000 feet by Saturday afternoon. Snow levels are expected to fall again to near 6,000 feet Sunday afternoon or evening.
The forecast remains uncertain for the weekend, but it appears more likely we will see a significant wet period.
California areas affected include: Surprise Valley, Lassen-eastern Plumas, eastern-Sierra Counties, greater Lake Tahoe area, Mono County. Cities include Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell, Portola, Susanville, Westwood, Sierraville, Loyalton, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Markleeville, Bridgeport, Coleville, Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes.
Nevada areas affected include: Mineral and southern Lyon Counties, greater Reno-Carson City-Minden area-western Nevada Basin and range including Pyramid Lake and northern Washoe County. Cities include Hawthorne, Yerington, Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City, Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire and Gerlach.
From the National Weather Service
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