Reno, NV

Cold Front Moving over the West Coast Causing Winds and Light Showers

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Starting Wednesday afternoon, a fast-moving cold front will bring gusty conditions, followed by a period of light snow showers Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong and chilly northeast winds are forecast for Thursday, before high pressure rolls in, bringing warmer temperatures and calmer weather for the rest of the week and weekend.

A low-to-moderate-end storm is possible early next week, although confidence in the forecast is low at this point.

With a warming and drying trend expected to continue through Friday, high pressure will dominate the Sierra and western Nevada, providing a welcome reprieve heading into the weekend. Lower valley temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s, with Sierra valley temperatures ranging from the upper 40s to the mid 50s.

Those wishing for moderate breezes and a bright sunny day to enjoy outdoor activities around the area can look no further than Friday.

By Saturday and Sunday, the high pressure ridge will have flattened enough to enable a fast-moving trough to drag over the northern Nevada border Saturday and Sunday, flattening the upper ridge axis centered over the area.

Because of the upper wave's enhanced forcing across northeast California and western Nevada, rising southwest winds will be experienced Saturday afternoon and evening.

As a consequence, strong winds will blow throughout much of the northern Sierra Nevada, particularly in the regions north of Lake Tahoe and Washoe County.

Winds should be in the 30-40 mph range, with gusts reaching 55-65 mph on higher hills. High temperatures on Saturday might potentially reach the 70-degree threshold as a result of the increased sunshine.

Because of the lack of precipitation associated with this quick-moving storm, rain/snow chances will hardly get beyond 15 percent on Sunday throughout much of the region north of Lake Tahoe.

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