Blustery Monday brings extreme fire danger |

Blustery Monday brings extreme fire danger

Staff Reports

Low pressure over the Pacific Northwest will bring gusty winds and dry conditions to Western Nevada through Monday.

Winds will pick up by noon Monday with gusts increasing to 30-40 mph during the afternoon, the National Weather Service in Reno reported.

These winds along with low humidity will create critical fire weather conditions for parts of Western Nevada.

“The best potential for red flag conditions will exist mainly south of Interstate 80 during the afternoon with increasing moisture through the evening, as the front pushes south,” forecasters said Sunday.

A red flag warning will be in effect from noon Monday through 8 p.m.

The winds will also create hazardous boating conditions on area lakes, including Tahoe and Pyramid.

Minden residents should expect continued cool high temperatures with the high approaching 77 degrees today and dropping to 72 degrees on Tuesday.

Winds in Carson Valley will be out of the southwest at 15-20 mph, gusting to 35 mph.

A chance of snow is being forecast for upper elevations in Northeastern Nevada, including the Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge Wilderness.

“A strong weather-maker will bring enough cold air and moisture to higher terrain starting late Monday to produce snow showers over parts of Northern Nevada,” a special statement issued by the National Weather Service said Sunday. “Most valleys will not see any snow flakes, but northern Elko County, especially the Jarbidge Wilderness, and some higher mountains east of Mountain City Highway may actually accumulate a couple inches between late Monday and Wednesday. Most of the snow showers will be confined to areas above 7,000 feet, where there are few to zero roads.”

Freeze watches and warnings are in effect for Oregon’s Lake and Klamath counties as a deep trough settles into the area bringing below freezing temperatures.