RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The National Weather Service in Reno has issued both a freeze watch and a fire weather watch in northern Nevada throughout the weekend.
The freeze watch is in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 are possible. The affected areas are Lassen-Eastern Plumas-Eastern Sierra Counties, Northern Washoe County, Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties, Surprise Valley California, Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area and Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake.
Authorities say the probability of a freeze for all lower valleys is increasing for late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Even colder temperatures are expected Sunday night with a hard freeze all areas.
The fire weather watch is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday morning. The National Weather Service expects gusty winds and low humidity for the Tahoe Basin and Sierra front.
Affected areas are Fire Weather Zone 272 Greater Lake Tahoe and Truckee Area, Fire Weather Zone 420 Northern Sierra Front including Carson City, Douglas, Storey, Southern Washoe, Western Lyon, and Far Southern Lassen Counties, Fire Weather Zone 421 Southern Sierra Front including Alpine, Northern Mono, Southern Lyon and and Western Mineral Counties.
Officials say people should avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting or campfires.