Greater Lake Tahoe Area

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Winter Storm Warning

Expires 9:00 AM EST on November 22, 2018
Statement as of 3:44 PM PST on November 20, 2018

... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 PM Wednesday to 6 am PST
Thursday above 7000 feet...

* what... moderate to heavy snow expected above 7000 feet, with
rain changing to snow below 7000 feet Wednesday night and early
Thanksgiving morning. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches
above 7000 feet, with up to 4 inches below 7000 feet.

* Where... greater Lake Tahoe area.

* When... from 3 PM Wednesday to 6 am PST Thursday.

* Additional details... travel could be very difficult, especially
given the higher than usual traffic volume Wednesday. Delays of
many hours is possible for travelers over Tahoe area passes late
Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. Rough conditions are
expected on Lake Tahoe Wednesday afternoon into the evening.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Avoid travel if possible, 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.

The latest Road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Wind Advisory, High Wind Watch

Expires 10:00 PM EST on November 23, 2018
Statement as of 3:37 am PST on November 21, 2018

... Wind Advisory in effect from noon Thursday to 4 am PST
... High wind watch in effect from late Thursday night through
Friday evening...

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Wind Advisory,
which is in effect from noon Thursday to 4 am PST Friday. A high
wind watch has also been issued. This high wind watch is in
effect from late Thursday night through Friday evening.

* Timing: winds will begin to increase Thursday afternoon,
potentially becoming strong and damaging by Friday.

* Winds: Thursday... southwest 20 to 30 with gusts to 50 mph.
Friday... southwest to west 25 to 35 mph with gusts 55 to 70
mph. Wind prone locations could see even higher gusts. Sierra
ridges could see gusts 80 to 100 mph.

* Impacts: winds could cause travel impacts for high profile
vehicles in addition to turbulence, wind shear and mountain wave
activity for aviation. Winds may be strong enough to cause
damage and blow high profile vehicles over on Friday, especially
along the Highway 395/I-580 corridor. In addition, dangerous
conditions are likely on Lake Tahoe and other area lakes.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Now is the time to secure loose outdoor items such as patio
furniture, Holiday decorations, and trash cans before winds
increase which could blow these items away. The best thing to do
is prepare ahead of time by making sure you have extra food and
water on hand, flashlights with spare batteries and/or candles in
the event of a power outage.

Fire Weather Watch

Expires 10:00 PM EST on November 23, 2018
Statement as of 3:32 am PST on November 21, 2018

... Fire Weather Watch in effect from Friday morning through
Friday evening for strong and gusty winds for the deserts of
eastern Lassen County into northern Washoe County... the eastern
Sierra... and much of western Nevada...

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather
Watch for strong and gusty winds, which is in effect from Friday
morning through Friday evening.

* Affected area... fire zone 270 Surprise Valley California, fire
zone 273 Mono and eastern alpine counties, fire zone 278
eastern Lassen County, fire zone 450 western Nevada Sierra
front, fire zone 453 west central Nevada basin and range, fire
zone 458 northern Washoe County and fire zone 459 Mineral and
southern Lyon counties.

* Winds... southwest to west 20 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 70 mph.
Wind prone locations could potentially see even stronger gusts.
Lighter winds are anticipated for Mineral County with southwest
winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts 35 to 40 mph.

* Humidity... 25 to 35 percent.

* Duration... 4 to 8 hours.

* Impacts... the anticipated strong and gusty winds can cause fire
to rapidly grow in size and intensity before first responders
can contain them.

* This watch will be dependent on how much rain and snow falls on
Wednesday into Thursday morning. If widespread enough wetting
rains fall, it will mitigate the fire danger.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry
vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires.
Follow local fire restrictions. Check weather.Gov/Reno for
updates and livingwithfire.Info for preparedness tips.


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