Freezing temperatures due to expected snowfall

County Road shows signs of falling Wednesday morning as the weather begins to change. Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday with a risk of snow early next week.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

With zero precipitation in October 2020, one of the main concerns for weather watchers in fall 2020 was the lack of moisture before the snow flew.

That could change with wetter and cooler weather expected to arrive early Thursday and last through Friday and a possibility of snowfall in the mountains.

“Confidence increases in the risk of rain and snow showers at high altitudes … until Friday,” according to a National Weather Service statement released Wednesday morning. “The best chance of wet rains will be along the eastern Sierra to western Nevada south of Interstate 80.”

The rain forecast could help firefighters working on the Caldor blaze, which is 93% contained.

Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing over several days starting Saturday morning.

“The potential continues to increase for an even cooler air mass to fall into the region on Monday and Tuesday,” forecasters said. “Widespread severe freezes seem very likely by the morning of October 12. It may be time to say our final farewells to what remains of our gardens.”

This colder system could bring snow to the valley floor early next week.

“There is still a wide range in the simulations where the best bet for precipitation will be, but be prepared for snow ‘here’ by Monday night.”

Minden received only half of its average humidity in the 2020-21 hydrologic year with 4.16 inches of precipitation, according to meteorologist Stan Kapler.

November was the wettest month of last year with a 1.3 inch drop in the Douglas County seat, where records have been kept since 1906. December only

According to records kept by the National Weather Service, the hydrologic year was Carson Valley’s third driest year in the past 115 years.

Despite more than a foot of snowfall in late January, the entire month only registered an inch of humidity, making it the second wettest month in an otherwise very dry year.

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