Mainly dry and quiet weather into the end week. Another chance for widespread Valley rain and mountain snow this weekend followed by breezy to windy conditions.

Discussion

A ridge of high pressure builds in briefly to bring the return of dry and warmer temperatures for today. By Thursday the flow over the Pacific starts to become more zonal with a mainly dry weak shortwave moving through the northern part of the forecast area. There might be enough moisture to produce some snow flurries or drizzle over the higher elevations and increased cloud cover should help cool temperatures a little.

Week ridging returns for Friday ahead of a storm system due in this weekend. A storm system will be moving over the region on Saturday. This one will be much colder than the current one but similar in nature in terms of rainfall to the one we just had.

Snow levels look to start out around 5500 feet and lower Saturday night down to around 3500 to 4500 feet. It’s not a big system but its looking like it will will at least bring some rain to region. Right now it looks like the valley could get between a quarter of an inch to a half an inch of rain with the foothills and mountains between a half an inch to an inch of rain. Resort levels could get between 4 and 8 inches of snow. Post frontal we might be able to see some thunderstorms around the region.

Extended Discussion (Sunday through Wednesday)

A ridge will build over the area behind the system for the first part of next week that will bring the return of dry and warming temperatures. As the ridge builds the first part of next week temperatures will warm to around 10 to 15 degrees above seasonal normals by Tuesday and Wednesday.

The main impact starting Saturday night into Sunday will be winds increasing and becoming breezy to windy across the region. Winds look to become stronger Monday for the region as a jet moves over Nevada.

As the jet gradually moves east winds will subside but at this point windy conditions look possible into Tuesday before subsiding by Wednesday.