Forecasters predict NorNev Christmas chill to turn bitter cold |

Forecasters predict NorNev Christmas chill to turn bitter cold

Associated Press

RENO ” A crisp, sunny Christmas across northern Nevada from the Sierra to Utah was predicted to turn bitter on Wednesday as arctic air pushed south into the state, dropping temperatures to the single digits and below, forecasters said.

After a day of temperatures barely breaking freezing on Wednesday and just a chance of snow, temperatures will plunge to the single digits and low teens across northern Nevada Wednesday night and single digits or below in the mountains.

It’s the first of several wintry pulses that could bring the chance of snow throughout the week and into the weekend, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Kielhorn.

By Wednesday, a polar air mass is expected to sweep across the region and drive temperatures sharply downward.

Highs in the Reno area should hover around freezing on Wednesday and drop to the teens by early Thursday, according to the weather service.

Factor in the wind and people will be dealing with serious cold. By Wednesday afternoon, gusty winds in the high country should combine with polar air to produce Sierra wind chill readings at 10 to 20 degrees below zero, the weather service said.

“Obviously, frostbite is possible if you’re not properly dressed,” Kielhorn said.

Little moderation in the temperatures is forecast into the weekend, with a daily chance of snow flurries or showers.

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