Cloudiness caused by a weak inside slider type of disturbance will be with us through Thursday, with only a slight chance of mainly mountain rain and high elevation snow. The best odds for that to occur are in the areas south of Lake Tahoe. For the Reno area, partly cloudy skies will bring us a high temperature in the low 60s Thursday, before a blocking pattern sets up for the weekend, which will clear out our skies and boost our high temperatures back to around the 70 degree mark. Clearing skies will also allow our low temperatures to drop into the 30s, with even colder temperatures into the 20s for the outlying areas through the weekend.
And on a much different note, our thoughts and prayers are going out to those affected by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall near Panama City, Florida midday Wednesday. Though there are different metrics of measuring the strength of storms, Michael is likely to go down as the third strongest hurricane to make landfall in the US. Michael had strengthened to a very strong category 4 (just falling short of a category 5) hurricane, packing winds of over 150 mph. It will be a while before damage estimates are known, but in many places it most assuredly be catastrophic.