We all had better get ready to batten down the hatches as we get later in the week. Wednesday will be a relatively mild day with variable amounts of cloudiness and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. A cold low pressure center will move toward the region, kicking us some strong winds starting Thursday afternoon, and lasting through most of the weekend. A High Wind Watch is in effect starting Thursday Evening and going through Friday, as valley gusts could reach 60 mph or more on Friday.

The low will also bring in chances for valley rain and high-mountain snow from Friday through Monday, although the strong winds will likely create a pronounced rain shadow here in the lee of the Sierra. High temperatures will fall to the mid-60s on Friday and will struggle to get out of the 50s by Sunday. Snow levels will start out at around 8,000’ early in the weekend, but could fall to near Lake Tahoe by Sunday.

The weather begins to settle down a couple of days into next week, but will stay cool through Tuesday.

(Because of the extended write-up on the upcoming weather, I will get back to the conclusion of yesterday’s post tomorrow.)