NEVADA – The National Weather Service predicts another dry and mild Presidents Day holiday weekend in the Carson City area before a cold front brings significant weather changes on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, severe winds will follow the cold front, with gusts of 40-50 mph likely along the front, with heavier gusts of 60 mph possible in wind-prone regions along US-395 and US-95 south of Highway 50.
Wind gusts above 100 mph are expected along the Sierra crest, potentially affecting both air and land travel, as well as choppy lakes, according to NWS forecasters.
Blowing dust is also predicted in the west central Nevada Basin and Range on Tuesday, which could impact I-80, US-95, and Highway 50. The meteorological service has issued a High Wind Watch for Mineral and southern Lyon counties in Nevada and Mono County in California from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening.
Forecasters warn that strong winds might bring down trees and electrical lines and that power disruptions are possible. Travel may be challenging, particularly for high-profile cars.
The front is predicted to bring an initial bout of snow Tuesday into Tuesday night, with a brief burst of greater snowfall rates and perhaps a rumble of thunder possible. According to the weather service, more snow showers are expected until Thursday night.
Total snow totals atop the Sierra crest could reach 12-18 inches, with a coating of up to 2 inches in western Nevada valleys. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the greater Lake Tahoe area from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Extreme temperatures Even the hottest valleys will struggle to get out of the 30s on Wednesday and Friday, with teens and 20s in the mountains. Overnight lows will be in the teens and single digits, with temperatures dropping below zero in cooler valleys.
Brisk winds will make it feel even colder, with deadly wind chills in exposed high Sierra places reaching minus 30 degrees. Residents are advised to protect vulnerable populations and pets, according to the weather agency.
For travel information, visit NVroads.com or dial 511.
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