Winter storm will bring heavy snow late tonight through Wednesday

A winter storm watch is in place for Monday night and part of Tuesday, though snow amounts remained up in the air Sunday afternoon.

A winter storm warning is posted throughout most of the rest of the state, including in Allegany County. Up to 8 inches of snow could accumulate in southern Minnesota, weather officials say.

NWS forecasters say light snow will begin either late Monday or early Tuesday, gradually increasing in intensity all day Tuesday before tapering off Wednesday morning.

Winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour are expected over the top of the Sierra Friday and up to 120 miles per hour Saturday night into Sunday.

The valley floors can expect 6 to 10 inches of snow, with 1 to 2 feet in the mountains.

"The potential exists for as much as a foot of heavy, wet snow", said Dave Nicosia, the warning coordinator for the Binghamton office.

A winter weather advisory is in effect through 10 p.m. Friday in Reno and Carson City.

This snowfall will likely impact the Tuesday evening commutes with the Wednesday morning commute significantly impacted.

The National Weather Service points out that "typical mid-winter weather will become established again through the long-term period" as a "fundamental pattern change" takes place across North America starting Thursday. The Watch will be in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.

The timing of the storm is eerily reminiscent of last year's blizzard which dumped approximately 24 inches of snow in Warren on January 23- January 24.

  • Aubrey Nash