RENO, Nev. - As much as 2 feet of snow is possible atop the Sierra by Thursday as the first significant storm in nearly two months blows in none too soon for a drought-stricken region where wildfire threats are unseasonably high.
The state of California announced earlier this week the hiring of 125 extra firefighters in Northern California due to the dry winter conditions.
The storm is expected to start dropping moderate to heavy rain and high-elevation snow on the Sierra beginning Wednesday night, with precipitation changing to snow Thursday and Thursday night.
Snowfall could total up to 2 feet above 8,000 feet with a foot or more above 7,000 feet. Between a half-inch and an inch of rain is expected in Reno with up to 2 inches of snow in the foothills.