Wind warning for Tahoe region in effect Wednesday afternoon
December 14, 2016
The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a high-wind warning that will take effect at 1 p.m.
The warning will stay in effect through 4 p.m. Thursday with winds increasing Wednesday afternoon. Winds out of the southwest will range from 25-40 mph, with gusts getting as strong as 65-70 mph.
Gusts over 80 mph are likely in wind-prone areas around Reno, Carson City and Minden. The strongest winds are expected through Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
On the lake, dangerous and life-threatening conditions are expected, according to NWS, with waives ranging 3-7 feet in height.
Wind gusts of this strength have the potential to damage trees, power lines and roofs.
Additionally, a flood watch is in effect for the Tahoe Basin for most of Thursday.
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