A touch of winter sends summer packing
September 21, 2004
The second to the last day of summer looked more like winter with nearly a fifth of an inch of rain falling in Minden and Jobs Peak getting its first dusting of snow.
A mixture of rain and snow fell in Gardnerville on and off for about two hours on Monday morning.
However, today’s arrival of fall in Carson Valley will feel more like summer with temperatures warming up into the weekend.
A weather system out of the Gulf of Alaska brought the squall to western Nevada. Overnight and morning temperatures dropped into the 30s the past few days.
“It’s pretty common to see this pattern for the winter,” said Rudy Cruz, a weather specialist at the National Weather Service in Reno.
“But I don’t want people to get excited. I’ve seen this happen and then it stays dry for a month.”
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Forecasters predict the cold air will work its way out of the area today, but today’s low could bottom out at 18 degrees at Lake Tahoe, Cruz said.
Tuesday’s low temperature in Carson Valley dropped below freezing down by the Carson River in Centerville, according to weather watcher Julian Larrouy.
“The first frost is on the pumpkins,” Larrouy said. “It’s chilly out there.”
Fog gathered along the river in northern Carson Valley.
Temperatures in Topaz were well below freezing over the weekend.