Washoe County, NV
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High Wind Watch
Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area-
Including the cities of Sparks, Gardnerville, and Virginia City
308 AM PST Wed Jan 17 2018


* Timing: South to southwest winds will begin increasing early
Thursday morning ahead of a strong cold front. Winds will peak
Thursday afternoon and early evening before decreasing behind
the front.

* Winds: South to southwest 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 65 mph
possible. Wind-prone areas such as I-580 south of Reno and
Highway 395 near Stead and Cold Springs could see gusts 65
to 75 mph.

* Impacts: Dangerous cross-wind conditions, especially for high
profile vehicles, may result in loss of vehicle control. Semi
trucks will be in danger of tipping over. Travel restrictions
are likely for high-profile vehicles. Possible damage to trees
and powerlines.


Now is the time to secure loose outdoor items such as patio
furniture and trash cans before winds increase. 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.

Be prepared to take alternate routes if roads are closed due to
high winds, particularly if you plan on traveling in a high-
profile vehicle. Snow will follow the winds; see the special
weather statement for more details.



Special Weather Statement
Mono County-Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties-Greater Reno-
Carson City-Minden Area-
Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake-
Including the cities of Bridgeport, Coleville, Lee Vining,
Mammoth Lakes, Hawthorne, Yerington, Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz,
Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City, Fernley, Fallon,
Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, and Imlay
225 AM PST Wed Jan 17 2018


For Mono County, high winds, especially along and east of Highway
395, will be followed by snow as a cold front moves through the
region. Between 4 and 10 inches will be possible above 7000 feet,
locally higher near the crest, with up to 3 inches elsewhere.
Snow will combine with gusty winds late Thursday night and Friday
morning to produce areas of low visibility in blowing snow,
especially for wind-prone areas along Highway 395 and in the high

For western and west-central Nevada, accumulating snow is possible
late Thursday night and Friday morning. As much as 1 to 3 inches
of snowfall will be possible for the Reno-Sparks, Carson City, and
Minden areas, with up to an inch eastward into west-central
Nevada. Slick and snow covered roads could impact the peak commute
time Friday morning. Localized areas of blowing snow in wind-
prone locations could significantly reduce visibilities through
Friday morning.

If you have travel plans in Mono County Thursday afternoon through
Friday, ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter conditions,
including an emergency kit with extra food, water, clothing, and
tire chains if necessary. For the lower elevations of western and
west-central Nevada, be prepared for a long, slow commute on Friday
morning. Note that even a light snowfall can cause some of the
worst commute issues!


Winter Storm Watch
Lassen-Eastern Plumas-Eastern Sierra Counties-
Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of Portola, Susanville, South Lake Tahoe,
Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village
305 AM PST Wed Jan 17 2018


* WHAT...Heavy snow and strong, damaging winds possible. Damage
to trees and power lines is possible as well. Total snow
accumulations of 3 to 6 inches possible between 4500 and 5500
feet, with 6 to 12 inches between 5500 and 6500 feet, and 1 to
2 feet above 6500 feet.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area and Lassen-Eastern Plumas-
Eastern Sierra Counties.

* WHEN...From Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant reductions in visibility are
possible in areas of heavy snow and blowing snow. Power
outages will be possible, especially Thursday in the Sierra
Valley and along Highway 395 between Susanville and the Nevada
State Line. Sierra ridges gusts expected to exceed 100 mph.


Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit for your home and
car. If traveling consider alternate plans, remember to carry
tire chains, extra food, water and clothing. Once the storm
arrives, travel may be difficult or impossible for an extended
period of time.


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