RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Mother Nature wanted to make sure residents across northern Nevada rang in the new year with plenty of moisture.
According to News 4-Fox 11 chief meteorologist Matt Monroe, cold air filtered down to the valley floor roughly nine hours sooner than initially expected which is why rain transitioned to snow quickly. The snow is a welcome sign for some regions that were at risk of flooding.
The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter storm warning for the greater Reno-Sparks, Carson City and Minden areas through 4 a.m. on Sunday.
Four to eight inches of snow is expected to fall on the valley floor while elevations above 5,000 feet could see anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow.
Snow is expected to start to tapper off in Reno between 9 and 10 p.m. so those looking to revel outdoors this New Year's Eve might be in luck.
The Nevada Department of Transportation is urging anyone who doesn't have to drive in the inclement weather to stay home if possible.