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Northern Washoe County

Alerts in Effect

Special Weather Statement

Issued at 14:19 Thursday 04 March 2021

* After a mild start to March, a transition to a more active
weather pattern will begin this weekend and likely continue for
much of next week. Anyone with travel plans during this
timeframe should keep close tabs on the forecast in the days to

* A fast-moving Pacific storm will bring snow to the Sierra late
Friday evening into Saturday morning. The focus of this storm
will mainly be in the Sierra from Alpine County northward, with
a brief period of intense 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates
possible. Total snow accumulation will likely be low by Sierra
standards with 1-2 inches at Lake Tahoe elevation and 4-7 inches
for the Sierra crest. Hazardous travel over the Sierra passes,
including Donner, Echo, and Carson passes, along with areas west
of Susanville is anticipated for early Saturday morning. Snow
will likely end abruptly after sunrise.

* Only light rain or snow showers are expected for foothill and
lower valleys across western Nevada Saturday morning with not
much, if any accumulation likely. Gusty south-southwest winds
will also be possible areawide with most lower elevations seeing
25-35 mph gusts, while the Sierra crest could see gusts as high
as 60-80 mph.

* After a relatively quiet day on Sunday, an active pattern will
resume on Monday with waves of snow and gusty winds through
Wednesday and possibly Thursday. While we are not anticipating
any particularly strong storms, these storms will be on the
colder side which could bring snow to valley floors. Travel
disruptions should be expected across the Sierra and possibly at
times into Western Nevada Monday through Wednesday. The latest
snow total projections are showing 1-2 feet along the Sierra
crest, 6-12 inches for mountain communities, and a dusting to
several inches into the Western Nevada cities. Wind gusts on
the order of 25 to 40 mph will occur at times.

Issued by National Weather Service

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