Damaging winds and up to
three feet of snow in the Sierra are on tap for the weekend, according to the
National Weather Service.
A high wind watch has been
issued for Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, calling for southwest
winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
“Damaging winds could blow
down trees and power lines,” the statement said. “Power outages are possible.
Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles traveling on
Highway 395 through Washoe Valley and U.S. Highway 95 near Walker Lake.
“Blowing dust is also
possible reducing visibility when traveling on I-80 from Imlay to Fernley and U.S.
95 north of Fallon.”
A winter storm watch has been
issued for Saturday afternoon through Monday morning, with 1 to 3 inches of
accumulation possible in Carson City, four to 10 inches above 5,500 feet
including Virginia City, and up to three feet possible for higher elevations
along the Sierra crest.
In Carson City and western
Nevada, periods of snow are possible Saturday night through Monday morning.
“Significant snows are likely
in the Sierra with lengthy travel delays possible,” the NWS statement said.
“The best time to travel over
the Sierra this weekend is Friday through Saturday morning. Those attempting to
travel over the Sierra passes Saturday afternoon through Monday morning should
be prepared to sit in their vehicle for 6 hours or more.”
Cold conditions will continue
into early next week, with additional snow accumulations possible mainly in the
The storm could have an
impact on the Monday morning commute with slick roads, especially above 5,000
THE CARSON CITY FORECAST
Thursday night: Clear, with a
low around 30. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the
Friday: Sunny, with a high
near 66. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear,
with a low around 35. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as
high as 45 mph.
Saturday: A slight chance of
rain and snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain. Snow level 4,700 feet
rising to 5,500 feet in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance
of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Saturday night: Rain likely
before 8 p.m., then rain and snow likely between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., then snow
likely after 2 a.m. Snow level 5,400 feet lowering to 4,600 feet after midnight
. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30
mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 55
mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches
Sunday: Snow. High near 43.
Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches
Sunday night: Snow likely.
Cloudy, with a low around 26.
Monday: A chance of snow.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.
Monday night: A chance of
snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Tuesday: A chance of snow.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.
Tuesday night: A chance of
snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Wednesday: A slight chance of
snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 45.