Dawn over the Pine Nuts on Christmas morning brought a little bit of the red shift that typically indicates impending weather in Carson Valley.
Sunrise colored the few clouds to the east pink then red while storm clouds gathered around the peaks of the Carson Range to the west blowing light snow into the foothills.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 11 p.m. today across Western Nevada that calls for as much as 2-4 inches of snow on the Valley floor and 4-8 inches above 5,000 feet.
Forecasters are predicting the possibility of heavy snow after 1 p.m. today, which should give residents plenty of time to make their Christmas morning rounds before driving becomes too sketchy.
Chains or snow tires are being required over Kingsbury and Spooner, and over the Sierra passes.
Christmas Eve was blustery with Minden-Tahoe Airport reporting a 40 mph wind gust at 3:15 a.m.
Southerly winds are expected to continue to blow this morning gusting to 30 mph by 10 a.m.
The brunt of the storm isn’t expected to arrive in Minden until 4 p.m.