Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
327 AM PST Thu Mar 4 2021

Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas-
Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County-
Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties-Greater Reno-Carson City-
Minden Area-Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake-
Northern Washoe County-
Including the cities of Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell,
Portola, Susanville, Westwood, Sierraville, Loyalton,
South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Markleeville, Bridgeport,
Coleville, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Hawthorne, Yerington,
Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz, Stateline, Glenbrook,
Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City,
Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire,
and Gerlach
327 AM PST Thu Mar 4 2021

...Snow in the Mountains/Passes Friday Night-Saturday, Unsettled
and Colder Pattern likely for much of Next Week...

* 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 trans-Sierra travel plans during
  this timeframe should keep close tabs on the forecast in the
  days to come.

* Fri PM/Saturday: A fast-moving Pacific storm will bring snow to
  the Sierra late Friday evening into Saturday. The focus of this
  storm will mainly be in the north-central Sierra, with 1-2" of
  snowfall likely at lake level and 4-6" likely for the Sierra
  crest. Although this is not a strong storm by Sierra standards,
  it will create trans-Sierra travel impacts early Saturday
  morning. Only light rain/snow showers expected for foothill and
  lower valleys across western Nevada Saturday morning. Gusty
  southwest-west 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.

* Next Week: After a relatively quiet day on Sunday, an active
  pattern will resume on Monday with unsettled weather expected
  through at least Thursday. While not anticipating any
  particularly strong storms, we can expect multiple low to
  moderate intensity waves of Sierra snowfall over a 3-4 day
  period. These systems will be on the colder side so expecting
  mostly snowfall for the duration across the Sierra with
  transitions back and forth between light rain and snow across
  western Nevada foothills and valleys. Travel impacts are a solid
  bet with the first wave of Sierra snow expected Monday afternoon
  into Tuesday with additional waves Tuesday night into Thursday.
  Keep a close eye on the forecast if your plans involve trans-Sierra
  travel next week as winter driving impacts are expected.