RENO, Nev. -- The first winter-type storm has hit eastern California and northern Nevada.
The National Weather Service has an active Winter Storm Warning for our area through Tuesday at 11am. The storm is expected to bring more gusty wind, rain, and snow to the region.
KOLO 8 News Now Chief Meteorologist Chris Larson says we will see wind and rain at the lower elevations such as the Truckee Meadows, and Washoe and Carson Valleys. We can expect southwest winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts reaching 45 miles per hour. Up on the ridges, gusts could hit speeds of 95 miles an hour.
Snow will fall in the Sierra from Lake Tahoe north to Lassen County in California. The National Weather Service estimates ten to 18 inches of snow could fall along the crest, and four to eight inches could fall in the mountains between the elevations of 6,500 and 7,000 feet.
The National Weather Service warns that wind, rain, and snow can create hazardous traveling conditions... especially during the first storm of the season. They advise drivers slow down and allow extra travel time. Carrying chains, emergency food and water, blankets, and a flashlight in vehicles is recommended.
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