Winter storm advisory covers state |

Winter storm advisory covers state

Staff Reports
Football players from Calvary Chapel of Carson Valley play a game as the storm rolls in on Christmas Eve.
Brad Coman |

A Christmas Eve storm brought the promise of a white Christmas on Wednesday.

National Weather Service forecasters issued a winter storm advisory for most of Northern Nevada for 4-10 p.m. Christmas Eve.

“A strong cold front will push rapidly through the Sierra … and Western Nevada,” the advisory said.

Rain started in Carson Valley around noon Wednesday as a wind advisory was issued for Western Nevada.

Gardnerville residents took advantage of the mild temperatures early on Wednesday to play football at Stodick Park.

Minden-Tahoe Airport reported at 39 mph wind gust at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, and a high temperature of 57 degrees. A Nevada Department of Transportation weather station just west of there reported a 41 mph wind gust a short time later.

The wind’s expected to shift to the north as the front passes through the area this evening.

On the other side of the storm, temperatures are predicted to drop into the 30s with today’s high hitting 35 degrees and lows through the holiday remaining in the teens.

Combined with the cold temperatures, roads may be icy tonight regardless of snowfall.