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50 Year Storm!

Downtown Reno and Mount Rose

View looking towards the casinos in Reno and Mount Rose to the right. The skies are clear this morning making today a good day to get to any of the areas ski resorts before the predicted storm starts to bring loads of snow. The forecast is for 5 or more feet of snow by the time third storm rolls out of the area. Mid-week skiing should be tremendous next week. Bring on the snow!

-S.Hinton

the storm

…STORM INFORMATION…

A MAJOR WINTER STORM DEVELOPING IN THE PACIFIC WILL REACH THE
SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA ON FRIDAY. COLD AIR FROM A LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM IN THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL COMBINE WITH A PLUME OF
SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE TO PRODUCE VERY LARGE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS
BETWEEN FRIDAY MORNING AND SATURDAY MORNING IN THE SIERRA.

SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ARE LIKELY FOR THE VALLEY FLOORS OF
NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA BETWEEN FRIDAY AFTERNOON
AND SATURDAY MORNING…THIS INCLUDES THE RENO-CARSON CITY AREA.
ADDITIONAL STORMS ARE FORECAST TO EFFECT THE AREA THROUGH THIS
WEEKEND.

THIS STORM WILL PRODUCE STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS
ON FRIDAY. THESE WINDS ARE FORECAST TO COMBINE WITH HEAVY SNOW TO
PRODUCE WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IN THE SIERRA.

…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…

FOR THE SIERRA…FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING

* 3 TO 5 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.

* 1 TO 2 FEET BETWEEN 5000 AND 7000 FEET INCLUDING LAKE TAHOE.

FOR WESTERN NEVADA…FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING

* 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WITH AMOUNTS UP TO 12 INCHES IN THE
FOOTHILLS.

…WINDS…

STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS ARE FORECAST.

FOR THE SIERRA RIDGES…WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 80 TO 100 MPH WITH
GUSTS NEAR 145 MPH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY
AFTERNOON.

FOR THE EASTERN SIERRA SLOPES AND WESTERN NEVADA…WINDS WILL
INCREASE TO 25 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING
AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON. GUSTS IN WIND PRONE AREAS
ALONG HIGHWAYS 95 AND 395 MAY EXCEED 80 MPH. WINDS WILL ALSO
CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING DUST WHICH MAY LOWER VISIBILITIES BELOW 1
MILE AT TIMES.

WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE MAY DOWN TREES….UTILITY POLES…AND
DAMAGE FENCES AND ROOFS. HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES MAY OVER TURN IF
ATTEMPTING TO TRAVEL IN AREAS OF STRONG CROSS WINDS.

…TRAVEL IMPACTS…

ATTEMPTING TO TRAVEL IN THE SIERRA ON FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT IS
STRONGLY DISCOURAGED AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING. TRAVELERS
WILL EXPERIENCE VERY LONG DELAYS AND ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO HEAVY
SNOW AND STRONG WINDS. SNOWFALL RATES IN THE SIERRA OF 3 INCHES OR
MORE PER HOUR WILL SEVERELY LIMIT ROAD CREWS AND EMERGENCY PERSONNEL
FROM KEEPING ROADS PASSABLE AND ASSISTING STRANDED VEHICLES.

IF YOU HAVE TRAVEL PLANS IN THE SIERRA FRIDAY AND FRIDAY
NIGHT…CONSIDER TRAVELING ON THURSDAY OR DELAYING YOUR PLANS
UNTIL AFTER THE STORM PASSES AND ROAD CONDITIONS IMPROVE SUNDAY OR
MONDAY. ALTERNATE ROUTES MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE…AS HEAVY SNOW
WILL AFFECT ALL ROADS CROSSING THE SIERRA FROM LASSEN COUNTY
SOUTHWARD TO MONO COUNTY.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS ACROSS WESTERN NEVADA AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA
WILL FIRST BE AFFECTED BY STRONG WINDS ON FRIDAY. RAIN WILL REACH
THE LOWER VALLEYS ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND WILL CHANGE TO SNOW
FRIDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING AS A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE
REGION.

…RIVERS AND STREAMS…

AS THE STORM MOVES INTO THE AREA THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY FOR A
FEW HOURS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN BELOW 6500 FEET. THIS MAY
CAUSE RISES ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS WITH SOME RUNOFF ON
RECENTLY BURNED SLOPES SUCH AS THE HAWKINS FIRE SITE NEAR RENO.

NO FLOODING IS FORECAST WITH THIS STORM.

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