Special Weather Statement

CAZ070>073-NVZ001>005-211200- 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 300 PM PDT Mon Mar 20 2017 ...Stormy Spring Weather Pattern Returns Through the Week... After recent very warm spring weather, stormy weather will return this week with periods of gusty winds, rain, mountain snow, and much cooler temperatures. The first storm is expected Tuesday with a second, potentially stronger storm, for the end of the week. * Timing: Precipitation will begin in the Sierra late tonight with the heaviest precipitation expected Tuesday morning through early afternoon. Gusty winds will continue tonight with stronger winds expected Tuesday. * Precipitation and Snow levels: Total precipitation of 1 to 1.5 inches along the Sierra crest with 0.1 to 0.3 inches in western Nevada. Snow levels start at 7000-8000 feet Tuesday morning dropping to 5500-6500 feet by Wednesday morning. * Impacts: Snow accumulations along higher Sierra passes (Carson, Echo, Mt. Rose) of 4 to 8 inches will be possible Tuesday. Donner Pass could see occasional slushy accumulations Tuesday with accumulating snow on the road becoming more likely Tuesday evening as snow levels drop. A few inches of snow may accumulate at lower elevations around the Tahoe Basin and Mammoth Lakes Tuesday night into Wednesday. The Carson River and the Middle Fork of the Feather River will see significant rises, but no flooding is currently forecast. * Confidence: Forecast confidence is moderate for snow accumulations below 7500 feet due to challenges in snow level timing. $$

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