Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Reno are warning that a significant winter storm is poised to impact the Sierra this weekend, with the potential for several feet of snow from tonight into late Sunday. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 10:00 this evening until 4:00a.m. Monday.
Heavy snow is expected here in Lassen, eastern Plumas, and eastern Sierra Counties. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 8 inches, except 1 to 3 feet above 5,000 feet are possible.
At times during the storm winds will be gusting as high as 50mph.
Travel across the Sierra is not recommended this weekend and may be impossible at times. If you choose to do so, make sure to have proper supplies and plan for prolonged delays.
Winds will remain strong and gusty in the High Sierra with periods of stronger winds surfacing in valley locations. Whiteout conditions will be possible across the Sierra on Saturday due to intense winds and heavy snowfall.
Lower western Nevada valleys could see spillover rainfall Saturday as snow levels rise to 5000-6000 feet. Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall during this timeframe could create some nuisance flooding for urban and poor drainage areas. Snow levels will then rapidly drop to all western Nevada valley floors by Sunday morning which will provide the best chances for a few inches snow accumulation and travel impacts across lower valleys.
winds could cause tree damage.
The heaviest snowfall rates are anticipated on Saturday.