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Weather Bulletin: Hard Freezes Possible This Week as Cold Returns

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Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Reno have issued a Special Weather Statement, warning that a strong cold front will move through the area late tonight through Thursday, bringing gusty winds, much colder temperatures and chances for snow showers.

Gusty southwest winds will develop this afternoon north of
Highway 50 and shift to the Eastern Sierra of Mono and Mineral counties overnight into Thursday morning.

This will impact outdoor activities, produce bumpy airplane rides and cause gusty
cross winds for high-profile vehicles, especially along Highway 395 and I-580.

Snow showers will increase here in northeast California this afternoon and spread across the region tonight through Friday.

Several inches of accumulating snow will bring periods of slick and snow covered roads to the Sierra and foothills, especially during the nighttime hours. Prepare for possible delays if your plans include travel through the Sierra.

Unusually cold air will settle into the area for early April with daytime temperatures 15-20 degrees below normal Thursday and Friday and only warming slightly over the weekend.

Hard freezes are almost a certainty each night, even for lower valleys beginning Thursday night. Be ready to protect sensitive plants and wrap exposed irrigation systems.

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