Halfway through March and less than a week from the start of spring, winter doesn’t seem to want to release its better late than never grip on us. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for both the mountains and the valleys of western Nevada and eastern California through Friday night. Travel over the mountains will be very challenging until later in the day Saturday with snowfall measured in feet on the crests, with nearly as much expected at the lake itself.

In the valleys, snowfall amounts will vary greatly depending on location, with the central valleys getting anything from trace amounts to a few inches, and the western foothills possibly piling up 6-12”. Temperatures will be cool enough to keep the snow around for a while, with highs not expected to get out of the 40s until the first of next week.

After a break in the action Sunday and Monday, a warmer and possibly wetter storm moves through the region, possibly bringing an atmospheric river type of pattern here by the middle of the work week.