White Christmas odds improving
December 19, 2016
So far, the white Christmas this week has been the frost on Carson Valley cattle backs.
But there's a chance that Carson Valley residents may see a white Christmas Eve this week as the snow level drops to valley floors early Saturday.
Snow showers are expected to continue through Saturday.
No more than an inch of snow is expected in Minden, but mountain travel may be hindered by road controls.
Forecasters expect Christmas to be free of precipitation, but there's another storm coming in early next week.
With two atmospheric rivers in two weeks bringing moisture to Carson Valley in a row, the month is running ahead of average so far in Minden.
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According to the weather service, .85 inches of rain have fallen in the Douglas County seat as of Monday, a trace above the .82-inch average.
That's nowhere near the record of 3.79 inches of precipitation set in 1937. So far, an inch of snow has fallen during the month, well short of the average. Records have been kept in Minden since 1906.
Thanks to a wet October and December, the water year is almost caught up after a dry November. Since Oct. 1, 1.23 inches of precipitation has fallen. Average is 1.39 inches for the first quarter of the water year, according to the weather service.