The storm track remains pushed well to the north of western Nevada, and as a result our temperatures will be decidedly spring-like through the weekend and well into next week. Highs will reach the mid to upper 60s through the middle of next week before dropping off slightly late next week. The ridge is flat enough to allow periodic high to mid-level cloudiness to pass over our area for the duration, but all the showers associated with the storm track will fall well to our north.

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A viewer asked: “A while back the National Weather Service issued a storm warning, saying that “A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE WEST COAST WILL BRING SNOW TO THE SIERRA …” I’m wondering about the word “strong.” Does this mean really, really low pressure? How can a lack of pressure be “strong”?”

It’s a measure of the “depth” of the low… in other words, how low the pressure is in the center of the low compared to its surroundings. The greater the difference in pressure… the “stronger” the low. And while the word “strong” might seem strange when thinking about the lack of pressure, a “strong” low can create some very strong winds, so that might make the nomenclature a little easier to swallow.

 

 

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