Forecasters predict end of week storm |

Forecasters predict end of week storm

Staff Reports

Mother Nature is expected to serve up a big buffet of weather at the end of this week.

“Friday morning’s commute in Western Nevada may be dicey, so leave plenty of time to reach your destination,” said Reno Meteorologist Edan Weishahn on Tuesday. “Strong winds and powdery snow will result in … hazardous low visibilities Thursday night into Friday morning, especially for the Sierra passes.”

According to the forecast, today will be mild with a chance that temperatures will hit 60 degrees.

The wind is expected to pick up tonight out of the southwest at 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

On Thursday, a strong front will arrive with wind gusts of 55 mph or faster.

“Strong winds like this have been known to result in high-profile restrictions along with power outages from downed power lines,” Edan said.

A winter storm watch for the Sierra, including Lake Tahoe, takes effect noon Thursday, according to the National Weather Service with a chance of heavy snow above 6,500 feet.

Snow levels are expected to drop to 4,500 feet by Thursday night with a chance of up to an inch on the Valley floor.

There is also a chance for lake-effect snow showers downwind from Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake.

Snow levels are expected to fall to Western Nevada valley floors with snow expected to snarl the commute on Friday morning.

Colder temperatures will remain in place through the weekend, with another strong winter storm looming on Sunday, according to the Weather Service.

As of Monday, .59 inches of precipitation has fallen during January in Minden, well short of the average 1.47 inches for the month.