Cold and dry weather is forecast through the weekend. A renewed chance of precipitation will return early next week.
An inside slider will be moving into the Great Basin late today through Friday. This will bring some chances for some light snow showers over the mountains. Dry conditions are expected elsewhere.
Cold temperatures will remain over the region through the weekend. Frosty mornings with below normal daytime highs are forecast through the weekend. Overnight lows will mainly range from the mid 20s to mid 30s for the valley and foothills. Daytime highs will mainly be in the 40s.
Extended Discussion (Monday through Thursday)
A system will start to move into the region on Monday first impacting the northern areas then spreading south Monday night. Snow levels look higher with this event probably starting out in the 3500 to 4500 foot level before increasing to 4000 to 6000 feet.
If the current models are correct this system could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow for the mountains.
Winds could also be a problem with this system getting very windy Monday night and Tuesday. Over some of the more prone windy peaks along the crest of the Sierra winds could top 100 mph. Trees and fences may be put to the test with this one as well.
The other concern will be with snow melt in the upper foothills and lower mountain elevations adding water into the rivers and creeks on top of the rainfall, not to mention possibly flooding some roadways due to poor drainage.
By Wednesday the brunt of the system will have passed but showers may linger over the region. Thursday looks to be mostly dry however there may be a weak warm front moving through the region.