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Winter Storm Warning, Watch Issued Ahead of Expected Storm

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From the National Weather Service:

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow which is in effect from noon Friday to noon Saturday.

A winter storm watch above 7,000 feet has also been issued. This winter storm watch above 7,000 feet is in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night.

* Timing: snow will begin Friday afternoon across the Tahoe Basin and continue into Friday night. Snow will gradually change to rain at the lower elevations as snow levels rise.

* Snow accumulations: 4 to 10 inches at lake level with 12 to 20 inches above 7,000 feet.

* Winds: southwest 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Gusts over 100 mph over the Sierra ridges.

* Snow levels: at lake level then rising to near 7,000 feet around sunrise Saturday morning. Snow levels will peak near 8,000 feet Saturday night before lowering to near 7,000 feet again Sunday.

* Sunday and Sunday night: as snow levels lower heavy snow may affect the major passes such as Donner and Echo during the day. Snow accumulation of a foot or more is possible above 7,000 feet.

* Impacts: heavy snow will create hazardous driving with whiteout conditions possible due to blowing and drifting snow especially over the passes. Chain controls are likely around the Tahoe Basin Friday afternoon and Friday night.

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.

From the National Weather Service

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