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High Wind Watch in Reno; Sierra Gusts to 100 mph

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The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for much of the eastern front of the Sierra beginning Friday evening through Saturday morning.
 
It covers Lake Tahoe, Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Gardnerville, Virginia City and surrounding areas.
 
The weather service says wind gusts could be as strong as 80 mph in wind-prone areas and more than 100 mph over the mountain ridges.
 
In the valleys, southwesterly winds are forecast at 25 mph to 45 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph.
 
The service warns the winds may create hazardous crosswinds on area highways and have the potential to damage trees and down power lines. (AP)

From the National Weather Service:

A winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow remains in effect from noon today to noon Saturday. A winter storm watch above 7,000 feet remains in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night.

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

* Snow accumulations: 4 to 10 inches at lake level with 1 to 2 feet above 7,000 feet. Highest amounts will occur along and west of Highway 89.

Winds: southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Gusts will exceed 100 mph over the sierra ridges.

Snow levels: starting at lake level then rising to 7,000 feet Saturday afternoon. Snow levels will peak near 8,000 feet Saturday night before lowering to 7,000 feet late Sunday.

Late Sunday and early Monday: as snow levels lower...heavy snow may affect major Sierra passes such as Donner and Echo. Snow accumulation of a foot or more is possible above 7,000 feet.

* Impacts: driving will be hazardous with travel delays due to heavy snow and whiteout conditions over the passes. Motorists should consider alternate routes or wait to travel until conditions improve.

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.

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