After a soggy couple of days more wet weather is in the forecast through this weekend. The difference between tonight and much of Thursday is the cold air. While the snow level has stayed above the valley floor for most of Thursday it is dropping quickly and will reach the lowest elevations by around 8 p.m. A cold front moved through mid Thursday morning and a second one will move through here early Friday morning impacting the morning commute. As a result a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the Truckee Meadows and goes from 7 p.m. Thursday through 12 p.m. Friday. The Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra goes through Sunday. 

We’ve gotten a lot of rain over the past 48 hours, even over an inch and a half at the Reno Airport. Many places in town got around an inch just on Thursday alone. While there has been some reports of standing water in spots like in Sparks and near South Meadows, the water should recede here soon as the temperature falls overnight. 

Temperatures will be in the 30’s on Friday with snow likely in the morning, and becoming more spotty as the day goes on. Snow totals will range from 2-5” in the valley, to 6-12” in the hills, a couple feet at lake level, and over three feet of snow in the High Sierra. It will also be windy in the Sierra which means visibility will be very low and travel is not advised Thursday night into Friday morning. Travel impacts are high Friday morning with accumulating snow piling up over top of ice and puddles. 

Valley roads will improve Friday afternoon as we start to dry out, but there will still be some slick spots for the evening commute. The low moves overhead for the weekend giving us a chance for scattered light snow showers in the valley, with light accumulations possible.

The snow in the Sierra will be on and off again over the weekend and could be heavy at times, but not as bad as Thursday night into Friday morning. After this weekend, we’ll have a brief break before another chance for rain and snow on Wednesday. Stay safe and enjoy the snow.