Three cold nights coming |

Three cold nights coming

Snow appeared Jobs Peak for the first time in months on Saturday. Snow levels tonight are expected to drop down to 6,000 feet.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A cold front that brought scattered showers to Carson Valley on Wednesday will see the low temperature in Minden drop to 31 degrees tonight, before warming up to 35 degrees overnight on Friday.

September is the last month in a second dry water year. Numbers for August indicate that this year the Carson River Basin will have received just two-thirds its average precipitation during the year.

Rain falling in Carson Valley during the summer accounted for some bright spots in the water picture.

Minden received .6 inches of water during August, nearly twice its average rainfall for the month, bringing it up to 85 percent for the year, the highest percentage in the basin. As of Sept. 1, Minden received 7.09 inches of precipitation, short of its average 8.38 inches during the year.

Up in the mountains, Spratt Creek snow telemetry indicates it received 80 percent of the year’s moisture, while Ebbetts Pass received 78 percent of average with 43.5 inches.

The water year ends on Sept. 30.