Weather treat until tonight’s cold front trick
October 31, 2011
While Monday’s weather was a treat, a fast moving cold front will be providing the trick late tonight and early Tuesday.
After a high temperature in the 70s on Monday, the weather is expected to cool off quickly as a front moves into Western Nevada from the Gulf of Alaska, bringing wetter, cooler weather.
The wind is expected to pick up as the cold front passes late tonight, with snow levels dropping to 5,000-5,500 feet as isolated showers develop tonight. North and northeast winds will develop behind the cold front with 30-40 mph gusts possible into Tuesday evening, according to a special statement issued by the National Weather Service this afternoon.
The high temperature on Tuesday is expected to remain in the 40s with a chance of isolated showers, clearing Tuesday night, with the low temperatures plunging to 17 degrees.
An even colder system is expected to arrive Thursday and Friday with snow levels dropping to the Valley floor by Thursday night.
Weather Service forecasters predict the system could produce 45 mph winds over the Sierra late Wednesday night. Several inches of snow are possible in the Sierra, with as much as a foot falling at higher elevations.
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Up to an inch or 2 of snow could accumulate in the Western Nevada valley floors by Friday morning affecting the commute.
Forecasters are warning anyone planning to travel through the eastern Sierra or over the passes Thursday night into Friday morning, or late into the weekend to monitor the weather.