December 18, 2014
A wet and windy storm is headed for the Sierra and northern Nevada.
It has prompted a winter storm watch for the Tahoe Basin
starting late tonight and continuing tomorrow. The western valleys
will be under a high wind watch all day tomorrow.
Any precipitation today will fall as rain except at the highest
mountain elevations above eight-thousand feet. The snow level will
gradually drop to lake level tomorrow with sustained winds of 25 to
35 miles an hour and gusts to 55.
In the valleys, the snow level will gradually all to about
five-thousand feet by tomorrow night, accompanied by winds of 20 to
35 miles an hour gusting to 55.
To the east, winds today and tomorrow won't be as strong, but
there is a chance of a little snow mixed in with the rain.
Chains or snow tires are required this morning on U-S 50 over
Echo Summit and on California 267, 88 and 89 in the Sierra. Chains
or snow tire controls also are in effect on Nevada 225 near Elko.