The wind speeds forecast would be Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, possibly Cat 5.
The National Weather Service in Reno issued their forecast discussion today for California’s Sierra Nevada, and the forecast of 150 mile per hour plus winds is confirmed, along with 4-8 feet of snow at high elevations:
FXUS65 KREV 092315
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Reno NV
315 PM PST Mon Jan 9 2017
The weather will remain unsettled through at least Wednesday. These
storms are colder with lower snow levels lessening the flood
threat. However, downstream areas will continue to be susceptible
to flooding through Tuesday afternoon. Aside from the flooding,
heavy Sierra snowfall with periods of rain and snow will continue
into Western Nevada. High winds are also possible Tuesday. Drier
weather is expected late week into the weekend.
Attention shifts to incoming winter storms over…
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