After a slow start to the winter, it looks like the next week will start to ramp up a bit, especially up in the mountains. A mild to moderate storm front comes through early Tuesday bringing some high elevation snow (above 7,000’) and rain showers elsewhere. Here in the valley there will be considerable shadowing occurring, so while we do have a chance of some rain, most of that will be on the west side of the valley. After a break on Wednesday, a stronger storm moves through Thursday and Friday, with stiff winds ahead of the front, and rain turning to snow for all elevations. Again, the mountains will capture the majority of the precipitation, but there is enough up there so that a Winter Storm Watch has been posted for the Tahoe area from Thursday through Friday afternoons.
Temperatures will start out mild this week, in the mid-50s Tuesday, upper 50s Wednesday and the low 60s on Thursday ahead of the front, before plunging to the 30s here in Reno by Friday.
The weekend will be cool (low to mid-40s) with a slight chance of showers.