If it’s the first day of winter, then the sun must be shining and the snow melting.
The temperature is up to 35 degrees in Minden, well on its way to the forecast high of 42.
With less than a third of the average moisture for December, and no storms forecast, drought will continue through the end of 2013.
A long-range forecast issued Thursday by the National Weather Service indicates a chance for above average temperatures and below average precipitation through January.
December, January and February are typically the wettest months of the year, and is when most of the snow falls in the Sierra at the top of Western Nevada’s watersheds.