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Winter is not over yet!
Back-to-back storms are forecast to hit the region this weekend and early next week, bringing gusty winds, heavy mountain snow and a mix of valley rain and snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters have already issued Winter Storm Warnings through Monday in the Sierra and northeast California.
According to the weather service website, the storm could create travel problems for those driving over the Sierra this weekend, especially on Sunday and early Monday morning.
Gusty winds could also blast through western Nevada in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.
Areas north of Interstate 80 could also receive some showers on Saturday. Areas across the rest of western Nevada could also receive rain and snow showers again on Sunday and Monday.
Forecasters also expect light snowfall on the valley floors Sunday night into Monday morning.
What should you expect on Saturday?
The first of two winter storms will hit the region on Saturday.
“Although this first system is quick-hitting, it still packs a punch,” meteorologist Brian Brong said on the weather service website.
Brong said he expects snow and lower-elevation rain showers to spread into northeastern California, in northern Sierra, and into far western Nevada by the afternoon.
An afternoon burst of snow will hit areas above 5,500 to 6,000 feet. Although the snow likely won’t stick, the roads may become slushy and wet, forecasters said.
“As the sun sets and snow showers continue into the night hours, snow should begin to accumulate on roadways in the Sierra,” Brong said.
High winds could also impact aircraft, high-profile vehicles, and temporary pandemic shelters.
What’s about early next week?
The more potent storm will hit the region early Sunday and likely last through early Monday, forecasters said on the weather service website.
Forecasters said they expect the storm to bring continuous moderate to heavy snowfall in areas above 5,000 feet, which could impact travel over the Sierra.
The storm could also dump 1 to 2 feet of snow in areas above 5,000 feet in the Sierra and in northeastern California, with more snow near the crest.
Meanwhile, the lower valleys in western Nevada could receive a mix of rain and snow throughout the day on Sunday, along with another windy afternoon and evening.
Forecasters expect high winds to peak at about 35 to 45 mph, impacting aircraft, high-profile vehicles, and any temporary shelters.
Areas above 5,000 feet could receive more light snowfall Sunday into Monday morning, according to the weather service website.
“Please avoid all unnecessary travel this weekend,” meteorologist Chris Johnston said on the weather service site. “Please stay home, be safe.”
Forecasters said the storm will slowly leave the region, creating cool and showery conditions Tuesday through Thursday.
Temperatures will then gradually warm up through the rest of the week.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of afternoon rain; overnight rain, snow; overnight gusts of 45 mph; little to no snow accumulation; high 54, low 37
Sunday: Morning rain, snow; afternoon rain; overnight rain, snow; gusts up to 40 mph; little to no snow accumulation; high 51, low 32
Monday: Mostly cloudy with snow likely before 3 p.m.; rain, snow; less than half an inch of snow possible; high 47, low 32
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a chance of snow showers before noon; a chance of rain; little to no snow accumulation; high 53, low 34
Wednesday: Partly sunny; a slight chance of rain, snow showers; high 59, low 38
Thursday: Sunny; high 64, low 40
Saturday: Partly sunny with snow likely before 2 p.m.; rain, snow mix; overnight snow; gust sup to 45 mph; 1-2 inches of overnight snow possible; high 43, low 31
Sunday: Snow; gust sup to 45 mph; 1-3 inches of daytime snow; 3-7 inches overnight snow; high 41, low 26
Monday: Snow; nighttime thunder possible; 1-3 inches daytime snow; less than half an inch overnight snow possible; high 38, low 25
Tuesday: Partly sunny with snow showers likely; less than half an inch of snow possible; high 43, low 28
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a chance of morning snow showers; afternoon rain showers; nighttime rain, snow; high 49, low 31
Thursday: Sunny with a slight chance of rain, snow showers; high 54, low 33
Source: National Weather Service
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