A rather windy and very wet storm is pushing into the Sierra and northern Nevada, prompting a winter storm warning in the mountains, a high wind warning for the valleys and a small stream flood watch for the entire area.
Rain is expected to become heavy by tomorrow and because of the
saturated soils and the lingering snowpack in the foothills, some
local flooding is possible, especially in the burn area north of
Carson City. The weather service says no significant flooding is
Winds also are expected to increase early tomorrow, peaking at
60 to 70 miles an hour in the valleys and 100 miles an hour over
the mountain ridges.
Rain is likely to turn to snow in the mountains as a burst of
cold air moves in late tomorrow, with accumulations of a foot or so
about seven-thousand feet and up to two feet above eight-thousand
The only highway condition in effect at nightfall was over the
Mount Rose Summit south of Reno where avalanche controls closed the
highway earlier in the day.
The avalanche danger is no greater than moderate in the Tahoe
Basin, and the Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee, California, says
that's only outside developed ski areas near or above the tree