Storm forecast for Sunday night |

Storm forecast for Sunday night

A tree in Heritage Park has red leaves in contrast to the blue sky on Friday morning. A winter storm will affect both the tree and the sky on Sunday.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Gardnerville — A beautiful Nevada Day and warm Halloween were the treat, but Mother Nature has a trick in store in the form of the season’s first winter storm.

Rain is expected early Sunday evening with a chance of snow arriving in the Carson Valley for the first time of the season on Monday evening.

“A cool storm system will spread precipitation across the area by late Sunday with potentially the first significant snowfall of the season,” forecasters said. “Sierra Nevada mountain snow is expected to begin late Sunday night and continue through Monday.”

The storm is forecast to bring up to 4-7 inches of snow to the Sierra passes, and up to a foot of snow to the mountain tops south of Interstate 80.

“Snow levels will initially be around 9,000 feet during the day Sunday, dropping to pass levels by late evening with snow accumulating after midnight,” according to a winter storm watch issued Friday afternoon. “The heaviest snow is expected Monday morning. The snow will become more showery through Monday afternoon and evening with snow levels dropping to around 5000 feet.”

As of Friday, both Sonora and Tioga passes were closed due to snow.

Further south, a winter storm watch takes effect for the southern Sierra from Yosemite National Park through Kings Canyon on Sunday night.

A wet winter storm is predicted to come into Nevada from the extreme north and work its way south.

October is the first month of the water year, and has seen 1.1 inches of precipitation, up from the average of .67 inches.

The central Sierra Nevada are coming off their fourth year of drought. Forecasters are expecting this winter to improve.