The National Weather Service is warning anyone with travel or camping plans in the Sierra this weekend to be prepared to suffer winter above 6,000 feet. A big storm system is gathering strength in the Pacific and will make landfall by Saturday night and arrive in Western Nevada on Sunday. Snow and rain are expected to hit the Sierra Saturday afternoon with heavy snow possible Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, today there is a 40 percent chance of rain and a big old cloud obscuring half the Valley. Chains or snow tires are required over Mount Rose Highway and on Route 338 south of Wellington to the stateline.
Ranchos residents had some excitement last night when a white pickup caught fire at Kimmerling and Rojo about 6:45 p.m. last night. The truck was fully engulfed and the fire reportedly spread to a fence before it was extinguished.
UNR cancelled classes Thursday night because a Carson City man allegedly made threatening remarks to his family following the Virginia Tech incident. Michael James Sheriff was arrested in Carson City for a probation violation and classes will go as normal today, according to the university. Sheriff had been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in December 2005.