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Wind Gusts In Excess Of 100 MPH Expected Over Sierra

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(AP) - The National Weather Service in Reno has issued multiple warnings along the Sierra ahead of a series of powerful storms expected to bring rain, high-elevation snow and strong winds to western Nevada through the weekend.

Gusts in excess of 100 mph are expected over the mountain ridges beginning Thursday night, with sustained winds up to 35 mph and 65 mph gusts in the valleys around Reno and Carson City. The high-wind warnings kick in at 8 p.m. at Lake Tahoe and 11 p.m. in Reno, effective until 5 p.m. Friday.

Another round of severe weather is expected to bring snow to upper elevations Saturday into Sunday, including on U.S. Interstate 80 over the Donner Pass near Truckee, California.

Up to 4 inches of rain is forecast in the Sierra, and about a half-inch in Reno into Sunday.