RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wintry weather is returning to most of Nevada on the heels of record rain across the northern half of the state.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Lake Tahoe area from 2 p.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Saturday and for the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas from 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday.
“Another storm system and cold front could bring significant snowfall to much of northern and central Nevada starting Thursday evening in the northwest, spreading southeastward on Friday into Friday night, with lingering areas of snow possible on Saturday,” the National Weather Service said Thursday.
The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee, California issued an avalanche watch for Lake Tahoe’s backcountry through 7 a.m. Saturday.
As much 2 feet of snow is possible at lake level at Tahoe by the time the storm makes its way through the region, with as much as 4 feet in the upper elevations.
The weather service says 2 to 6 inches of snow is expected in the valleys from Reno-Sparks to Gardnerville, with as much as a foot of snow possible above 5,000 feet.
Snow already was falling Thursday morning around Lake Tahoe.
About 17 inches has fallen in the last 48 hours at the Heavenly ski resort on the south end of the lake. Six inches fell overnight at Squaw Valley and 10 inches at Tahoma on the west side of the lake, the service said.
Rain was in the forecast in Las Vegas Thursday with overnight lows dipping into the low 40s. Snow is expected Friday across most of north-central and northeast Nevada, where record rain was recorded on Wednesday in Elko, Tonopah and Eureka.
The .76 inch at the Elko Airport broke the old mark of .51 set in 1889.
Eureka’s .69 inch eclipsed the record of .52 set in 1967 and Tonopah’s .15 inch topped the old mark of .13 set in 1982.