Fall starts on Sunday, but Mono County will be under a winter storm watch tonight as the storm that just rolled over us bounces back north. The National Weather Service is calling for widespread rain and snow with snow levels dipping from 9,000 feet tonight to 7,000 feet by Saturday morning, with an accumulation of a foot possible at highest elevations.
In Carson Valley, the chance of rain won't increase until about 10 p.m. tonight and will become likely by 5 a.m. Saturday. The Weather Service is saying there's a 70 percent chance of rain during the day on Saturday. On Sunday, the first day of fall, the rain will have cleared out and sunny skies will return. Temperatures should be back up into the upper 70s by Wednesday.
Expect the winds averaging 13 mph with gusts of up to 22 mph to kick off at about 11 a.m. and stick around until 10 p.m. They'll be back on Saturday to start pushing this low out of the area. The lows over the week aren't expected to drop much below 37 degrees, which dashes my hope for a hard freeze to kill the rabbitbrush. I'd better go buy more allergy pills.