With only three days left in 2015, it looks like we’ve seen just about all the snow we are going to see for the year. Tuesday should bring partly cloudy skies with chilly temperatures (starting in the upper teens and finishing off in the mid-30s) and briefly rising to the low 40s on Wednesday. There is a weak weather system moving through the region Wednesday that could potentially bring a rain or snow shower, but its main effect will be to drop the temperatures back to the freezing mark through the middle of the weekend. For those ringing in the New Year outdoors downtown Reno, expect mostly clear skies and a midnight temperature in the low to mid-20s.
While we are by no means “out of the drought,” we have had a nice start to the winter by just about any metric you use. As of Monday, looking at the SNOTEL survey sites, we are running well ahead of average for this time of year in all of our local snow basins, ranging from 117% in the Truckee River Basin to a very healthy 159% in the Tahoe Basin. Keep in mind, that’s average for this time of year…those numbers could go up or down before we are done for the winter.