Goodbye Snow: Hello Rain, High Winds

So far, the stormy period we

Slow Going on U-S 395

The valley snow arrived a couple of hours early Friday morning, making things dicey for commuters, but other than that, the stormy period we're entering is, so far, playing out about as expected.

Up next, all this snow will soon disappear as the snow turns to rain Friday night and Saturday as high as 7500 to 8000 feet.

All that snow melts. "It's a lot of water," says meteorologist Jane Hollingsworth of the National Weather Service.

And that means flooding? Not really.

"We're thinking just some minor stream, small stream tributary type flooding, nothing on the main stem streams like the Truckee, perhaps some responding in problematic areas. (Hint: avoid the Rock Boulevard underpass)

But Hollingsworth says that won't be the story Saturday. The story will be wind. Gusts down here as high as 60 to 70 miles an hour.

"So now we have saturated soils. Trees could come down, power lines, possible power outages."

As this storm leaves us Sunday night, the big concern will be the next one due Tuesday and Wednesday. The question is will it be warm or cold?

"If we get a warm wet storm system, then we are looking for flooding concerns on the Truckee as well as other main stem rivers," says Hollingsworth.

And beyond that, way beyond the horizon, the possibility of yet another storm.

"If it's warm and wet, we could be looking at flooding concerns. If it's cold we could be looking at the potential for a white Christmas."

I know which I'd vote for.

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