Weekend storm may bring precipitation

Pelicans flock to the marsh south of Genoa on Wednesday morning.

Pelicans flock to the marsh south of Genoa on Wednesday morning. Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.


A storm is expected to bring wetter conditions to Carson Valley late this weekend with cooler temperatures and a chance of snow in the Sierra.

The National Weather Service in Reno is going all in on the chance of precipitation in Western Nevada.

But like any bet, there’s a chance the storm will split south and leave Western Nevada high and dry.

Expect winds to increase on Saturday with gusts hitting 40-50 mph, starting out north of Highway 50 before shifting to Carson Valley.

Forecasters say the latest models show precipitation arriving on Sunday with around an inch in the Sierra. Carson Valley is expected to be rain shadowed out with around a tenth of an inch.

Snow levels could drop to 5,500 feet on Sunday night with a few inches of possible down to Lake level and 6-12 inches over the Sierra passes, which could pose a challenge for commuters on Monday morning.

High temperatures are expected to drop down to the 50s in Western Nevada and into the 40s in the Sierra.

Temperatures are expected to warm back up by the middle of next week.


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