No white Christmas for Carson City but storms could hamper weekend travel
It appears unlikely Carson City will have a white Christmas but an incoming storm could affect holiday travel plans, the National Weather Service said.
“A stormy pattern is taking shape starting Christmas Day … as a pair of Pacific storms look to impact the Sierra and western Nevada over the upcoming holiday weekend into early next week,” said a Hazardous Weather Conditions alert on the NWS website (www.weather.gov).
Mountain snow and valley rain is possible Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Travel in the Sierra could be problematic Friday evening into Saturday morning.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for northeast California and the Lake Tahoe area, where most of the travel impacts are anticipated. Gusty winds are possible, mainly through the Sierra.
Late Sunday, a colder storm is forecast to make its way into the region.
“ While this storm could bring some snow into valley areas and the eastern Sierra, there is considerable uncertainty regarding the storm track and impacts at this time,” said the NWS statement. “If you have travel plans later in the weekend through early next week, be sure to keep a close eye on the forecast.”
Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 16. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of rain after 4 p.m. Snow level rising to 5,700 feet in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night: Rain likely before 4 a.m., then rain and snow likely. Snow level 5,600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday: Rain and snow likely before 10 a.m., then a chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.
Sunday: A slight chance of snow after 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.
Sunday night: A chance of snow, mainly after 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.
Monday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.