More clouds, cooler temperatures and a slight chance of showers is the operative forecast phrase for the rest of the week. We will still see a warm high in the mid-80s Thursday, but the weak upper-level low pressure center moving up from the south will increase our cloud cover and give us about a 20% chance of showers or thunderstorms in Reno, and a slightly higher chance in the mountains. The same pattern continues Friday, and a trough of low pressure coming in from the west on Saturday will cool us off well down into the 70s over the weekend, and will bump up our chance of showers a bit.
So how can it be 30 and 40 degrees in Cold Springs at the same time? I would guess the warmer temperature is not down in the lowest party of the valley. The cold air pools down low, and if one was still above the inversion when she looked at the thermometer, then it could have easily shown that kind of difference. Even local things like a paved driveway versus a gravel one on a calm night can make several degrees difference. So there may not have been an error at all… they both could’ve been right.