Even though we have had nearly twice the average precipitation for the month of October so far, we really haven’t had what would be considered a winter storm yet. And while I don’t see any snow getting close to the valley floor, a storm dropping out of the Gulf of Alaska will finally move into the region Wednesday, giving us a better than even chance at getting some valley rain and mountain snow above 8,500’. For Tuesday, we will see clouds ahead of the storm front move into western Nevada, and temperatures will still be mild in the upper-60s. Those drop to the upper-50s on Wednesday as the front moves through. While there should be some shadowing due to the mountains, I don’t expect the winds to be so ferocious as to keep us out of the precipitation altogether.
The front passes through fairly quickly, and will leave cold air behind Thursday and Nevada Day (observed) Friday, although the holiday weekend should be dry, and conditions for the Nevada Day Parade on Saturday should be just about ideal, with sunshine and seasonable temperatures.