A whole lotta sunshine…that’s the forecast for the next week in a nutshell. A ridge of high pressure will build onshore keeping the skies clear, and will help boost our temperatures into the mid-70s for Friday, the low 80s through the weekend, and then into the mid-80s through the middle of next week. Winds will generally be light in the morning, and then may pick up to about 10 mph in the afternoons.
The warming trend will also cause runoffs from the area rivers to increase. The region is under an Areal Flood Watch starting Sunday and running for the next couple of days at least. While any flooding on the Truckee River will likely be quite minor (thanks to adequate upstream storage) there is some minor lowland flooding concern on the Carson River, it is the Walker River that is generating the most concern. Since there is almost no storage in the upstream basin of the Walker, moderate flooding is expected along the Walker from Antelope Valley through the Mason Valley next week. This includes the towns of Yerington and Smith Valley. With the extended heat in the forecast, the flooding could be an issue for quite some time.