The National Weather Service says two winter systems are moving into the region this week bringing snow to the Sierra and rain showers to the valleys of Western Nevada.
The first of these systems will push into the Sierra late Wednesday afternoon shifting into Western Nevada by early Thursday morning. Snow levels will start around 6,000 to 7,500 feet, lowering
to 4,500 to 5,500 feet by Thursday morning. 10 to 18 inches of snow is expected along the Sierra crest, with 3 to 8 inches at Lake Tahoe level, and 2 to 4 inches in Mono County along Highway 395. Rain showers are likely in Western Nevada Thursday, with stronger showers potentially lowering snow levels to near valley floors. Light accumulations are possible Thursday morning creating slick
conditions for the morning commute...mainly near or above 5,000 feet.
The second storm for Friday into Saturday is stronger, but is going to move inland farther south. While some snow is expected for the Tahoe Basin, the heavier snow fall will likely be south of Highway 50 where another foot or more of snow is expected along the Sierra crest.
Motorists should prepare for chain and snow tire controls along with the possibility of delays on all Sierra highways from late Wednesday into Saturday.
A winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect from 4pm Wednesday afternoon to 10am Thursday.
Locations affected include: the greater Lake Tahoe area including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Incline Village.
Timing: showers will increase this afternoon with a period of moderate to heavy snow between 10pm this evening and 4am Thursday morning.
Snow accumulations: 3 to 6 inches at lake level...10 to 15 inches above 7,000 feet...and near 18 inches along Sierra crest.
Snow levels: 6,500 to 7,000 feet dropping to lake level by midnight.
Wind gusts: 50 to 70 mph over ridges and up to 30 mph at lake level.
Impacts: snow will create hazardous driving conditions around the Tahoe Basin and over the Sierra passes. This includes Interstate 80 and Highways 50...88...89...207 and 267. Motorists should be prepared for travel delays tonight and Thursday morning.
Snow will 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.
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