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Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline,
and Incline Village
248 PM PST Wed Nov 22 2017
...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a High Wind
Watch, which is in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday
* Timing: Winds will increase Saturday morning and become strong
and gusty through the afternoon and evening.
* Winds: South to Southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph
possible. Wind prone areas may see gusts up to 70 mph, with
Sierra ridge gusts over 100 mph.
* Impacts: Strong cross winds and travel restrictions are likely
to impact high profile vehicles. Aviation impacts are expected
for area airports, with hazardous boating conditions on Lake
Tahoe Saturday afternoon and evening. Localized damage to trees
and fences may occur along with possible power outages.
Now is the time to secure loose outdoor items such as patio
furniture, holiday decorations, and trash cans before winds
increase which could blow these items away. The best thing to do
is prepare ahead of time by making sure you have extra food and
water on hand, flashlights with spare batteries and/or candles in
the event of a power outage.
$$Special Weather Statement
Shasta Lake Area / Northern Shasta County-
Burney Basin / Eastern Shasta County-Northern Sacramento Valley-
Central Sacramento Valley-Southern Sacramento Valley-
Carquinez Strait and Delta-Northern San Joaquin Valley-
Mountains Southwestern Shasta County to Northern Lake County-
Clear Lake/Southern Lake County-
Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley-Motherlode-
Western Plumas County/Lassen Park-
West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-
Including the cities of Shasta Dam, Burney, Redding, Red Bluff,
Chico, Oroville, Marysville/Yuba City, Sacramento,
Fairfield/Suisun, Stockton, Modesto, Alder Springs, Lakeport,
Paradise, Grass Valley, Jackson, Chester, Quincy, and Blue Canyon
254 PM PST Wed Nov 22 2017
A couple weak systems will bring light rain, mainly north of I80
for Thanksgiving and again Friday night into Saturday. More
widespread rain is expected with another mild system early Sunday.
A colder storm system is expected to move across the region late
Sunday into early Monday, bringing mountain snow. Snow levels will
initially be above pass levels with this event but will drop to
4000-5000 feet by Monday morning, causing travel problems.
Motorists traveling into the mountains Sunday night into early
Monday should be prepared for winter weather conditions at times.
Slick roads are possible at lower elevations from wet leaves and
Thanksgiving through Saturday:
A third of an inch of rain over the northern Sacramento Valley, a
few hundredths of an inch for the central to southern Sacramento
Valley. A tenth to 3 quarters of an inch in the mountains.
Sunday into Monday:
A quarter of inch to 3 quarters of an inch of rain for the
Valley, around 1 inch for the foothills with 1 to 2 inches
possible in the mountains.
Above 7000 feet, 2 to 5 inches of snow accumulation with greater
amounts possible over higher peaks.
Southerly wind gusts up to 25 mph in the Sacramento Valley and 50
mph over the crest on Sunday.
Additional information and updates can be found at
www.weather.gov/sacramento and our facebook page at NWSSacramento
and @NWSSacramento on Twitter.
$$Special Weather Statement
Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas-
Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County-
Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties-Greater Reno-Carson City-
Minden Area-Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake-
Northern Washoe County-
Including the cities of Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell,
Portola, Susanville, Westwood, Sierraville, Loyalton,
South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Markleeville, Bridgeport,
Coleville, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Hawthorne, Yerington,
Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz, Stateline, Glenbrook,
Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City,
Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire,
406 PM PST Wed Nov 22 2017
...STRONG WINDS THIS WEEKEND WITH SNOW OVER THE PASSES BY LATE
A potent Pacific storm will move inland this weekend and bring
rain, mountain snow and gusty winds. The winds will begin Saturday
afternoon and continue through Sunday night. Precipitation will
begin as rain, even at the passes, as snow levels start high.
Snow levels will begin to fall Sunday with snow over the passes
possible by sunset Sunday. Expect holiday weekend travel impacts
due to winds and snow over the passes. Some details follow:
* WINDS: Strong, gusty southwest winds are expected both Saturday
and Sunday afternoons. Winds may abate some overnight Saturday
night in some valley locations, but they will remain strong over
the ridges. Wind gusts of 60 mph or more are possible along
portions of the 395 corridor and Sierra ridge gusts will likely
exceed 100 mph.
* PRECIPITATION: Light rain is likely over the mountains by
Saturday evening north of I-80, gradually spread southward into
Sunday evening. Snow levels will also gradually fall during this
time before crashing late Sunday night as a strong cold front
moves through. The precipitation will end Monday morning behind
* SNOW LEVELS: Starting at near 9000 feet Saturday afternoon. They
will fall to 5500 feet for Lassen County, 7000 feet for the
Tahoe Basin, and 8000 feet for Mono County by late Sunday
afternoon. Snow levels will crash Sunday night and fall to near
the lower valley floors as the precipitation ends. While it is
too early to predict snowfall amounts, accumulations are likely
for the Sierra passes with light accumulations possible as low
as 5000 feet. Be prepared for major travel delays over Sierra
passes due to slick and snow-covered roads.