COLDER AND UNSETTLED WEATHER THROUGH THIS WEEKEND

A STRONG STORM IN THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL MOVE TOWARD THE WEST COAST THURSDAY. AHEAD OF THIS STORM…WINDS WILL INCREASE WITH STRONG GUSTS POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY IN THE LEE SIDE OF THE SIERRA FROM RENO AND CARSON CITY SOUTH TO MONO COUNTY…AND EAST INTO MINERAL COUNTY WHERE A HIGH WIND WATCH IS IN EFFECT.

A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP IN NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN BY EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON…THEN SPREAD SOUTH AND EAST WITH SNOW POSSIBLY REACHING THE LOWER VALLEYS AROUND RENO AND CARSON CITY DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE.

THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT…SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AROUND 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE SIERRA ABOVE 7000 FEET…WITH A FEW INCHES IN THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN. IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF WESTERN NEVADA…UP TO AN INCH OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE. ALTHOUGH HEAVY SNOW IS NOT EXPECTED…ROAD SURFACES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW TO ACCUMULATE AND PRODUCE SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS.

COLD CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN WESTERN NEVADA ONLY IN THE 40S AND OVERNIGHT LOWS FROM THE MID TEENS TO MID 20S. ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW SHOWERS IS POSSIBLE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY.

ANYONE PLANNING TRAVEL THROUGH THE EASTERN SIERRA OR OVER SIERRA PASSES THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY MORNING OR LATE IN THE WEEKEND SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND WEATHER STATEMENTS.