Thursday weather report: Windy today ahead of rain and snow tonight, tomorrow
Hold onto your hat today as a very strong and cold storm system moves into the Sierra tonight.
The cold front will move across northeast California and Western Nevada tonight and Friday, according to the latest from the National Weather Service. Ahead of this cold front will be strong gusty winds. A high wind advisory is in effect for the day beginning at 8 a.m. Along and just behind the cold front are bands of snow that are expected for the Sierra tonight and tomorrow morning.
Snow levels are forecast to drop to the valley floors. Light snowfall accumulations are possible, mainly on grassy or elevated surfaces areas above 5,000 feet or areas that receive sustained heavier snow may see brief slushy accumulations of 1 to 3 inches on roads Friday morning. Motorists should be advised as this particular storm should have enough cold in it for the snow to stick to pavement.
Temperatures will drop significantly tomorrow behind the cold front with some areas breaking records for the lowest maximum temperature for Oct. 5, according to the National Weather Service.
If you have travel plans in the Sierra be prepared for strong gusty winds. If your travel plans extend into tonight and Friday be prepared for winter driving conditions in the Sierra, and wet roads in western nevada valleys.