...Big Changes in the Weather Pattern for This Weekend...
A strong cold front will push through the Sierra and western
Nevada on Friday bringing gusty winds, much colder temperatures,
and chances for rain and snow showers. This storm does appear to
herald in a pattern that may possibly stick around through much of
November with the potential for lingering cold temperatures and
maybe even additional chances for rain and snow.
WINDS: Winds will increase significantly Thursday night into Friday
morning with a quick burst of winds that may produce areas of
blowing dust, choppy lake conditions, as well as a brief period of
fire weather concerns. Gusts up to 45 mph are possible for most
areas, with up to 60 mph in wind prone spots, and up to 100 mph
for exposed areas along the Sierra Crest.
COLD: Afternoon temperatures will drop significantly from Friday to
Saturday, with western Nevada and Sierra valleys in the 30s and 40s.
Overnight lows will be well below freezing with a few single digit
and sub zero readings possible in the colder Sierra valleys.
PRECIPITATION: A quick burst of rain and snow is likely behind the
cold front Friday with a couple inches of snow possible above 6000
feet. While light snow showers are likely most of the weekend with
little accumulation, a second burst of accumulating snow may occur
Sunday morning. Sunday is currently the best shot at lower valley
If you haven`t put that winter travel kit in your car, then
now is the time make it happen. It`s that time of the year where
conditions can rapidly change along the Sierra passes so being in
tune with all the weather updates as well as Caltrans and NDOT
will save you a lot of headaches.