Winter to return to Sierra, portions of Nevada |

Winter to return to Sierra, portions of Nevada

The Associated Press

RENO — Don’t put away the winter jacket just yet.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of Monday in the Lake Tahoe area, where snow was expected to force chain restrictions over Sierra passes.

Through Tuesday, the weather service was calling for 6-12 inches of snow above 7,000 feet and 3-6 inches of snow below that from the late-season storm.

“It will definitely seem like winter again,” said weather service forecaster Tom Cylke. “It’s not out of the question to see an inch or so of snow in Reno.”

High winds in advance of the storm caused a blinding dust storm that triggered three separate injury accidents late Sunday afternoon on U.S. 50 about 20 miles east of Carson City, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported.

The highway was shut down near Stagecoach after the accidents sent four people to a Carson City hospital with minor to moderate injuries, Trooper Pat McGill said.

Gusts of more than 40 mph also sent tree limbs over power lines and caused scattered power outages, including one that affected Meadowood Mall, Reno’s largest shopping mall.

Thousands of nearby residents also were left in the dark until power was restored about an hour later.

The snow level was expected to start out at 6,000 feet but drop to 5,000 feet or below by Monday. Reno is about 4,500 feet.

Reno’s normal daytime highs for this time of year are 75, but will drop to the mid to upper 50s Monday and Tuesday.

A winter storm watch also was posted for Monday night into Tuesday morning for above 5,500 feet in much of northern Nevada, including Elko, White Pine and Humboldt counties.

The weather service was calling for a return to dry, warmer weather beginning Wednesday.

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