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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FOREST SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
636 AM PST TUE FEB 21 2017
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST
SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER.
THE FOREST SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER HAS CONTINUED A
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.
* TIMING...IN EFFECT THROUGH 7 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* AFFECTED AREA...FOR THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
AND NEVADA, FROM YUBA PASS TO EBBETTS PASS, INCLUDING THE LAKE
* AVALANCHE DANGER...HIGH AVALANCHE DANGER WILL EXIST AT ALL
* REASON/IMPACTS...A STRONG ATMOSPHERIC RIVER STORM IS IMPACTING
THE AREA. WIND SLAB AND STORM SLAB AVALANCHE PROBLEMS WILL BE
VERY LIKELY AT ALL ELEVATIONS. NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED
AVALANCHES ARE EXPECTED.
AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES, INTO FLAT AREAS, AND CAN RUN
INTO MATURE FORESTS.
TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
CONSULT WWW.SIERRAAVALANCHECENTER.ORG OR WWW.AVALANCHE.ORG FOR
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION.
SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE
COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.
$$Winter Storm Warning
Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline,
and Incline Village
309 PM PST Tue Feb 21 2017
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST
* Timing: Bands of snow will continue through tonight with the
heaviest snow expected through this evening. Snow may rapidly
vary in intensity over short distances.
* Additional Snow Accumulations: 6 to 12 inches. Locally 18 inches
or more in areas where heavy snow bands persist.
* Winds: Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph.
Sierra ridge gusts near 100 mph.
* Wave Heights on Lake Tahoe: 2 to 3 feet with highest waves
expected from mid lake to the north and east shores.
* Impacts: Bands of heavy snow could produce rapid drops in
visibility with snowfall rates up to 3 inches per hour at
times, producing dangerous whiteout conditions especially over
the passes and in the backcountry.
Avoid travel through tonight, you could be stuck in your vehicle
for many hours. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and
carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. If
you stay home, have a backup plan in case of power outages.
$$Winter Weather Advisory
Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area-
Including the cities of Sparks, Gardnerville, and Virginia City
309 PM PST Tue Feb 21 2017
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST
* Timing: Bands of moderate to heavy snow will continue through
this evening...with a rain and snow mix possible during lighter
precipitation periods near valley floors. Wet roads may ice up
by sunset with snow covered roads for the evening commute and
* Snow Accumulations: 2 to 5 inches on the valley floors with 4
to 9 inches above 5000 feet, with highest amounts north of
Highway 50. Locally up to a foot or more in persistent heavy
* Winds: South to southwest 5 to 15 with gusts up to 30 mph.
* Snow Levels: Fluctuating near valley floors. A mix of rain and
snow is possible at and near lower valley floors in areas of
* Impacts: The bands of heavy snow could produce rapid drops in
visibility with snowfall rates up to 2 to 3 inches per hour at
Travel delays are likely across the Sierra Front north of Highway
50, especially above 5000 feet. Roads are expected to become
slick, especially after sunset. Leave extra space between vehicles
since it takes longer to stop on slick roadways.