Light snow fell in Sparks on Monday afternoon into the evening and should increase at times as the week goes on.
A winter weather advisory was issued for the Reno-Sparks area from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Snow on the valley floor is expected to be around 2 to 4 inches, with 4 to 8 inches above 5,000 feet. Wind gusts could also reach up to 40 miles per hour in some areas.
The unsettled winter weather is forecasted to continue through the weekend, with a chance of snow on Saturday into Monday.
The National Weather Service also issued a winter storm warning Monday for the Sierra’s eastern front north of Reno in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The warning goes into effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Thursday for an area around Lake Tahoe stretching south to Mammoth Lakes, California.
The service said about 2 inches of snow had fallen on the west edge of Reno Monday afternoon, with as much as a foot at the top of some Tahoe ski resorts.
Nearly 7 inches of snow was reported about 70 miles north of Reno near Susanville, California.