Wednesday’s weather report: unsettled weather continues today through Saturday |

Wednesday’s weather report: unsettled weather continues today through Saturday

Tom Cylke

A few lingering snow showers will give way to partly cloudy skies this afternoon as a cold front moves east across Nevada today. High temperatures are expected to reach into the upper 40s, with brisk northwest winds 10 to 20 mph this afternoon. These readings are about 10 degrees below the seasonal norm for mid October.

Lows tonight are forecast to dip in to the mid and upper 20s, with local areas of freezing fog near Truckee.

A mild but wet pattern will continue Thursday and Friday, as the strong Pacific jet stream shifts slightly northward into Oregon. The jet stream will tap into a fetch of subtropical moisture, raising snow levels above 8,500 feet Thursday and Friday, with light rain at most passes around the Basin.

Daytime temperatures are projected to reach the mid 50s to lower 60s at Lake level Thursday and Friday, with strong and gusty southwest winds 20 to 35 mph during the afternoons. A cold front will drop snow levels down into the Basin Friday night into Saturday morning with possible accumulating snow causing travel difficulties. Stay tuned for further updates.

High pressure returns this weekend with clearing skies on Saturday afternoon. Sunday continues to live up to its name this October with sunny skies and light winds. Daytime highs are forecast to reach into the lower 50s Saturday, warming to the lower 60s on Sunday. Longer-range forecast models are still indicating dry and mild weather under a strong upper level ridge of high pressure persisting into early next week.

” Tom Cylke is a retired meteorologist who has forecasted weather in the Reno and Lake Tahoe area with the National Weather Service since 1974. He can be reached at

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