Winter storm expected to bring much colder weather


As of December 3, 310 days have passed since the last blizzard warning, which occurred at the end of January of this year. As snow is forecast for the valley floor on Thursday, there are no signs of a blizzard warning this week.

After a good month of relatively hot and dry weather, residents of Carson Valley should stock up on wood and ensure the pipes are insulated in anticipation of much colder temperatures by the end of the week.

In a statement released early Sunday morning, forecasters for the National Weather Service Reno predict that a storm could bring snow on Thursday.

“A cold storm will hit the region on Thursday, with levels of snow crashing over all valley floors,” forecasters said. “Snow accumulation is very likely for all elevations in western Nevada and the Sierra, but there are still variations in the exact time and totals.”

Forecasters predict single-digit lows could follow the storm with temperatures high in the 1930s by Friday. Northwesterly winds of 15-25 mph will contribute to the bite.

“Friday night lows will fall in teens and single digits across the region, with sub-zero temperatures in the colder valleys,” the statement said.

“A change in our stagnant weather pattern looks more promising by the middle of the week to the middle of the month as our stubborn high pressure retrogrades west across the Pacific,” Weather Service meteorologist Tony Fuentes said Sunday morning. . “This opens the door to colder low pressure systems to leave the northwest. “

If the forecast comes true, it is likely that motorists will face a difficult journey on Thursday.

Fuentes said the storm is unlikely to generate large totals of snow, it could bring a few inches, which will affect travel.

The colder temperatures forecast behind the storm could be what ski resorts in the region have been waiting for. While not producing much snow, the temperatures would allow resorts to make snow that will not immediately succumb to warmer temperatures. No date has been announced for the Heavenly or Kirkwood ski resorts to open, but a 20% discount on ski passes ends Sunday at midnight.

A weak and rapid storm could bring light showers south of Highway 50.

The last measurable precipitation fell in Minden on November 9 with 0.35 inches, well below half of the 0.79 inch average for November.

December is generally one of the wettest months of the year with an average precipitation of 1.54 inches, but 2021 saw no snow at all in the Douglas County seat. It was one of the five December since 1906 with no reported rainfall.

According to a map released by the National Weather Service, Friday marked 310 days since western Nevada last saw a blizzard warning. This January 28 storm closed schools as 9 inches of snow was recorded in Minden.

A storm on December 7, 2009, which saw about one foot of snow fall in parts of the Carson Valley, also sparked the award-winning commentary from RC Running, who turns 12 on Tuesday.


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