The National Weather Service office in Reno is warning residents of northeastern California and western Nevada to prepare for moderate to heavy snow and cold gusty winds beginning late this afternoon and continuing through early Saturday morning.
According to the weather agency a low-pressure system will reach the eastern Sierra and western Nevada tonight bringing with it very cold air, gusty winds and a period of moderate to heavy snow.
The powdery snow along with gusty winds may lead to considerable blowing and drifting snow with whiteout conditions over mountain passes.
The winter storm warning for heavy snow remains in effect from 4:00p.m. this afternoon to 4:00a.m. Saturday.
Snow will begin this afternoon with a period of moderate to heavy snow overnight with expected accumulations of 6 to 12 inches west of Highway 395 and 3 to 6 inches east of Highway 395.
Gusts of 30 mph or more may produce blowing snow, large drifts and whiteout conditions.
Driving conditions will be hazardous due to snow covered roads and low visibility with travel restrictions possible. Temperatures below 20 degrees and gusty winds will lead to below zero wind chill values.
Conditions can deteriorate rapidly during winter storms… slow down and allow extra time when traveling. Carry tire chains, food, water, blankets and a flashlight in your car in case of an emergency.
For more information you can click here for current conditions at LassenWeatherNetwork.com.