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Storm is Forecast for Northern Nevada Today; Warmer Temperatures in the Following Days

Bryan Dijkhuizen

When a storm system sweeps over the southern Great Basin, temperatures will be near to average today, before dropping significantly tomorrow. Winds will begin to pick up speed this afternoon in San Bernardino County, and gusty conditions are expected across the whole county on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, there will be a risk of light rain and snow showers, as well as some sunshine. Weather forecasters predict that temperatures will rise and that situations will become more peaceful by Sunday evening.

Early morning satellite images show generally clear skies throughout southern Nevada and the Mojave Desert, according to the National Weather Service. Across northern Nevada, lower clouds and a few small snow showers are developing ahead of a shortwave digging its way out of western Canada.

Shortwave across western Canada will be forced to continue burrowing southward across southern Nevada and the Mojave Desert on Thursday as a highly amplified ridge spanning the eastern Pacific/extending northward into Alaska continues to grow in strength.

Although the system does not seem to be as deep, it appears to be on a very similar course to the storm that occurred on February 15-16, during which widespread gusts of 40 to 50 mph were seen.

As a result of the coming system, temperatures will reach near average levels today, while southwest-west winds will continue to pick up speed. The fiercest of these gusts will be felt throughout the western Mojave Desert, where a wind advisory will be in place starting at 1 p.m. local time this afternoon.

During the night, a cold front will move across central Nevada, causing the winds to shift northward. The next part of our wind advisory will go into effect at 4 a.m. Thursday for Esmeralda and central Nye counties.

Finally, beginning at 8 a.m. PST/9 a.m. MST on Thursday, a wind advisory will be issued for the remainder of the region as well. The Owens Valley and White Mountains were included to the alert as a result of the only change to the goods.

Crosswinds, flying dust, and choppy waves on surrounding lakes, with wave heights of up to three feet conceivable, will be the primary threats and consequences. Thursday will be substantially cooler than usual, with peak temperatures dropping by at least 15 degrees, and perhaps as much as 20 degrees, from Wednesday.

The forecast remains on track, with a short spell of disturbed weather to be followed by calmer and warmer temperatures in the following days. A system is moving out of the Pacific Northwest today and will move across our region the next day.

On Thursday, the main characteristics will be strong north winds and temperatures that are 10-20 degrees below average.

Early Wednesday night and into Thursday will bring the possibility of some light precipitation, with the highest chances being in eastern Lincoln and northern Mohave counties. Snow may also fall in the Spring and Sierra mountains, although only in small amounts.

Beyond Friday, cooler weather will prevail, with temperatures above average for the remainder of the week.

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