Genoa, Nev. — Those lights I put up on Christmas Eve could end up in the Pine Nuts on this blustery Boxing Day night as a 24-hour high wind warning takes effect 10 p.m. tonight across Western Nevada. Carson Valley likely won’t see the brunt of the wind until 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Southwest winds of 25-35 mph are expected with wind prone areas, like along Highway 88, seeing gusts of up to 80 mph and 65 mph for other parts of the Valley. We could see trees and power lines blown down in the windstorm with widespread power outages, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning takes effect 10 a.m. Tuesday for the Sierra Nevada from stem to stern with 1-2 feet of snow forecast for above 7,500 feet and 4-10 inches at Lake level. If you have travel plans for New Year’s, it might be a good plan to leave this morning and take the week.
Carson Valley looks like it’ll see around an inch of rain which isn’t forecast to arrive until after 10 p.m. Snow levels aren’t expected to come anywhere near the Valley floors until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Government offices remain closed today for the Christmas holiday. The weekend has been fairly quiet, according to my admittedly sporadic monitoring of the scanner.
Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 55 degrees ahead of the storm. The southeast wind of 5 mph will shift to the southwest this afternoon.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-782-5122