Almost all chain controls removed from N. Nevada, CA roads Christmas Day

Lake Tahoe from Incline Village, Nevada, on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 (Photo courtesy Christina Krainbrink)

We're tracking a storm Friday and Saturday that may impact your holiday travel, especially if you're travelling over the Sierra passes.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Winter storm watch from 4 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday for northeastern Nevada and the Sierra. Winter weather advisory in place for greater Reno from 4 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday.

If your Christmas plans involve driving, you'll want to prepare ahead -- bring chains, snacks and water, and a full tank of gas, for starters -- because snow and wind could cause some serious delays during an already busy travel time.

The busiest weather window is Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, so if you can travel before or after that it would be wise to make that plan.




Snow and gusty winds throughout the day, Friday night is the heaviest time for snow. By the end of the storm, we're looking at 1-2 feet of snow in the Sierra and 3-8 inches in the valleys.


In the morning, snow showers start to taper off and it'll stay pretty breezy. Now, even a little bit of snow will cause problems with so many drivers on the roads, so this is still not the best time to travel. If you can wait until storms taper off -- which at this point, looks to be Saturday afternoon -- that would be best.

On Christmas Day, we're just looking at some scattered showers meaning you could see a flurry or two -- but temperatures will be below freezing Saturday night, so some of Saturday's snow MIGHT stick around for a White Christmas, at least in the morning.


Updated: 3:50 p.m., 12/25/16

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SR-431 (MT. ROSE HIGHWAY) - Chains or snow tires required from mile post 6.3 in Washoe County to mile post 10.0 in Washoe County

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SR-88 - Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 4 miles east of Ham's Station to 6.3 miles east of Ham's Station in Amado County

SR-89 - Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Picketts Junction in Alpine County to 2.7 miles south of the U.S. 50 junction in El Dorado County

U.S. 395 - Chains or snow tires required from 25 miles north of Bishop to 2 miles south of the SR 158 junction, from 8 miles north of Bridgeport to 3 miles south of the SR 108 junction


Friday looks a little tricky because of mountain wave turbulence ahead of snow and rain. Then, of course, there may be some visibility and/or runway issues associated with the precipitation, plus some gusty winds, Friday night into Saturday afternoon.

For a look at flight delays across the country, click here.

Here is what I-80 near Donner Summit looked like earlier this morning.

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