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Hard freeze in the cards for Carson Valley

Dust is being blamed for the haziness in Carson Valley on Thursday.
Kurt Hildebrand

A freeze watch for 1-8 a.m. Friday was upgraded to a warning as forecasters predicted subfreezing temperatures across Western Nevada.

“Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing,” the warning said.

That’s just the opener for what promises to be colder temperatures next week that could see lows dropping into the teens on Sunday and Monday night.

A strong cold front is forecast to arrive on Saturday night, bringing gusty north winds.

“Hard freezes are certain for all valleys by Monday morning,” forecasters said.

Irrigation systems should be drained, wrapped or dripping in preparation for colder temperatures.

Hazy conditions returned to Carson Valley on Thursday as air quality dropped into the moderate range for the first time in weeks.

The Gardnerville Ranchos monitor was up to 68 by 2 p.m. Thursday.

Visibility at Minden-Tahoe Airport dropped to 5 miles at 8:15 a.m., though it recovered to its usual 10 as the north wind started to move the haze south in the Valley.

The haze is coming from dust blowing around Western Nevada after more than two months without a drop of precipitation.

There is a possibility of light showers in the eastern Sierra on Sunday afternoon and evening as snow levels drop to the valley floors. While there will be plenty of cold, there won’t be much moisture to cause snow to accumulate.