Ross Johnson photo The recent rise in temperatures is melting the snow during the day and has run the water over the curb in front of the Ely Times building. The cold temperatures at night then freeze the water creating a huge area of ice.

Ross Johnson photo
The recent rise in temperatures is melting the snow during the day and has run the water over the curb in front of the Ely Times building. The cold temperatures at night then freeze the water creating a huge area of ice.

While El Nino inundates the west coast with rain, leading to winter storm and flash flood warnings across much of California, residual moisture continues to cross the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This will create two major storms in the Great Basin.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for White Pine County at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, to start at 10 p.m. that evening until 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. The advisory warned of two to six inches of snow with the heaviest falling after midnight Wednesday.  The second storm is expected to last through much of Saturday, Jan. 9.

Despite daily snow showers all week, the cloud cover in Ely broke sporadically, melting snow during the day which refreezes overnight, leading to icy and dangerous roads. Temperatures should remain higher than the most recent spate of extreme lows, with the lowest  of 1 degree F expected early Monday, Jan. 11 and highest near 34 on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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