A strong winter storm should herald a White Christmas in western Nevada. A valley Winter Weather Advisory and a mountain Winter Storm Warning goes into effect early Thursday morning as a cold low pressure system drops out of the Gulf of Alaska. Expect snow to begin early Thursday morning, with 1-4 inches possible in the Reno area and upwards of a foot in the mountains.
The storm exits the region early Christmas morning, leaving behind some very cold temperatures. Overnight lows will drop from the teens Friday morning into the low single digits (with below zero temperatures possible in the cold outlying areas) through the rest of the weekend, and highs will stay below the freezing mark for the same time period.
The magnitude 4.4 earthquake which struck south Reno Tuesday night has people thinking about how to stay safe should a temblor strike. The accepted method of reaction when an earthquake starts is to drop (get to the floor), cover (get under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture) and hold on (speaks for itself.) There are some who espouse a new method called the “Triangle of Life”, but I am not one of them. I’ll tell you why tomorrow.