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February 24, 2012
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Cooler temps on the way

While not much in the way of precipitation is forecast for Monday, there will definitely be a change in the mild weather Carson Valley has enjoyed over the past few weeks.

Colder temperatures and unsettled weather will continue through next week as a low pressure system moves south along the Sierra on Monday.

Forecasters are predicting that weaker low pressure systems will be moving across the northern Great Basin on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing slightly cooler temperatures.

High temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s through Thursday with lows in the teens and 20s.

Moisture forecast for Monday is not expected to contribute significantly to the Sierra snowpack.

On Friday, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reported the Carson River Basin snow water equivalent was down to 29 percent of average. At the head of the Carson River's East Fork, Ebbetts Pass snow telemetry indicated that there were 8.8 inches of moisture locked up in the snowpack. Typically, Ebbetts Pass has more than two feet of moisture. Spratt Creek showed only an inch of moisture in the snowpack, a fifth of average.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 26, 2012 01:05AM Published Feb 24, 2012 07:02PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.