NWS: Spring snow expected Sunday night, Monday morning in the Sierra

A spring snowstorm is expected to bring up to a foot of snow along the Sierra Crest Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. 

Officials warn residents to prepare for a messy commute and to plan on taking more time getting to work or other destinations. 

Approximately 3 to 6 inches of snow are expected from Western Lassen County through the Tahoe Basin and just west of the U.S. 395 corridor in Mono County.

The Reno, Carson City and Minden areas are expected to have less than 2 inches of snow with some areas seelittle to no accumulation, but slick roads and strong winds may impact travel.

Northern Washoe County and Surprise Valley, Calif. may see 1 to 3 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said in a winter weather warning.

The heaviest snow will occur late Sunday night and into Monday morning. 

The Sierras are also forecast to experience gusty winds up to 75 mph but will range at about 30-40 mph at the lower elevations. 

The forecast for Monday shows a high of 30 degrees in the Sierra Valley and a high near 40 in western Nevada. 

A brisk wind of 10 to 20 mph will bring wind chills down to the teens and 20s during the day. 

Last week, there was a 17-car pileup on U.S. 395 caused by icy road conditions and people driving too fast.  One woman suffered moderate injuries, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. 

“There’s a common theme in weather-related crashes and it comes down to your speed,” NHP PIO Trooper Hannah DeGoey has said. “If there’s inclement weather or slick road conditions, you absolutely need to slow down and give yourself plenty of following distance and time to react.”

Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at koh@rgj.com or at 775-420-1285.  Please help support her work by subscribing