The big winter storm appears to have turned into a big blowhard instead. The National Weather Service is taking back its winter storm watch and replacing it with a wind advisory. Expect southwest winds 20-30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph through late morning. The weather services said snow showers and blowing snow will produce lowered visibility and slick roads during the commute this morning.
It's almost as warm outside right now as it was on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. At 36 degrees, we're pretty close to the high temperature for the day. After this front passes expect the temperatures to drop again, with the low tonight heading back down into single digits.
Clerk-Treasurer Ted Thran is swearing in the new elected officials this morning in Judge Dave Gamble's courtroom. It's a good bet that the two new county commissioners will be there, as will be many new town and district board members.
Interstate 80 is closed for some reason this morning and there's a high wind warning on Highway 395 through Washoe Valley, but otherwise the road controls are pretty much the same as they've been for the past few days. Expect to need chains or snow tires across the passes and into the Tahoe basin.