The weather will range this week from early-summerlike for the next few days to almost late-winterish to finish up. For Tuesday, light southerly flow around an offshore low will help boost valley temperatures to near 80 degrees, but the same pattern will also allow some afternoon cloudiness to build up, and there’s even a slight chance of an afternoon popup thunderstorm along the crest of the Sierra. Conditions stay dry and warm until late Thursday when a cool low pressure center approaches, kicking up some afternoon winds. The cold front passes through Friday dropping out temperatures back into the 50s and bringing valley rain and mountain snow (the snow levels are expected to be between 6-8,000’). Scattered showers and cool temperatures will continue through the weekend, and will stick around to a certain extent through the beginning of the work week.

While such large changes in the weather might seem out of place, this time of year it is actually quite common, and we should expect a chance of just about any kind of weather for at least another month. In fact, the two largest late season (after March 15) snowfalls in Reno both occurred in May, so be prepared for anything.