"URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE" NOAA.gov

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"URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE" NOAA.gov

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...SNOW IN THE SIERRA FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...

.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL REMAIN STATIONARY OFF THE PACIFIC
NORTHWEST COAST THROUGH THIS WEEKEND. A STRONG JET MOVING AROUND
THE BASE OF THE LOW WILL PICK UP DEEP PACIFIC MOISTURE BRINGING
PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.

DANGEROUS WINTER CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT HOLIDAY TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR
ACTIVITIES. ACROSS THE SIERRA...PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG
WINDS COULD LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND VERY LENGTHY TRAVEL
DELAYS. TRAVELERS NEED TO CONSIDER AN ALTERNATE ROUTE TO AVOID
THE SIERRA PASSES THIS WEEKEND.

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO
4 AM PST MONDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND WINDS REMAINS IN EFFECT
FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 4 AM PST MONDAY.

* TIMING: PERIODS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW FRIDAY WILL INTENSIFY
  EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WITH PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW
  SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: OVER 2 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH 1 TO 2
  FEET IN THE TAHOE BASIN.

* THE HIGHEST ACCUMULATIONS WILL OCCUR ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY
  89 WHERE UP TO 5 FEET IS POSSIBLE ABOVE 7000 FEET AND UP TO 3
  FEET BELOW 7000 FEET.

* WINDS: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
  RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 100 MPH.

* IMPACTS: PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL LEAD TO
  WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND LENGTHY TRAVEL DELAYS. TRAVELERS
  NEED TO CONSIDER A SECONDARY ROUTE TO AVOID THE SIERRA
  PASSES THIS WEEKEND. BACK COUNTRY ACTIVITIES ARE NOT ADVISED.
.

CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY
SATURDAY. TRAVEL IS DISCOURAGED OVER THE SIERRA PASSES THIS
WEEKEND. CARRY EXTRA FOOD...WATER AND CLOTHES IN YOUR CAR IF YOU
MUST TRAVEL. CHECK OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/RENO FOR UPDATES ON
THIS SITUATION.

FORECAST

Tonight: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 21. South wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Friday: Snow. High near 31. South wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Friday Night: Snow. Low around 22. South wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Saturday: Snow. High near 29. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.
Saturday Night: Snow. Low around 21. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Sunday: Snow. High near 28. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches possible.

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