Big winter storm headed for Reno

December 10, 2014

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, a major winter storm is on the way. It is due to arrive Wednesday evening.

Snow and storm clouds over Reno, Nevada

Mike Alger, the weather guy on KTVN-2, reports that this storm will feature an “atmospheric river,” meaning it will be a wet one, but not real cold. We are likely to receive mostly rain down here in the Truckee Meadows with snow levels up around Lake Tahoe and higher. It should deliver lots of precipitation no matter how it falls. I don’t really care considering that we are still way behind in the moisture department. Be aware, however, that flooding is a possibility for those living in areas where rising water could be a threat.

Another feature of this storm is going to be high winds, which will begin Wednesday night. Brace for gusts of around 35 mph, then batten down the hatches on Thursday for south winds of 45 mph and gusts up to 70 mph. Things will slow down overnight on Thursday.

If you really must travel, be prepared before leaving. Read my “Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal” article for tips on winter driving. Check area highway conditions and the weather forecast before leaving home.

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