Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KLKN 132210

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Elko NV
210 PM PST Wed Dec 13 2017

.SYNOPSIS...Dry conditions continue through Friday. A weak storm
will spread some light snow across northern NV late Friday
afternoon into Saturday. Dry conditions resume Saturday night into
next week.


.SHORT TERM...Tonight through Saturday.

Exiting short wave dragging a few flurries over northeast Nevada.
Should end within a couple hours of this writing. Middle to high
clouds will move fairly quickly over the region this afternoon and
evening. Skies clear tonight and winds light so another round of
patch freezing fog is possible over mainly northeast Nevada`s
valleys. Through Friday, expecting dry weather.

Late Friday afternoon, a short wave moves quickly into the region,
with minor amounts of moisture and just enough cold air to drop
northern Nevada snow levels to some valley floors, but mainly Elko
County and the rest of northern Nevada north of Interstate
80...through Saturday morning. QPF/snow totals very minor with
only a couple inches of snow in higher mountains.

High temps don`t change much Thursday and Friday but could drop
ten degrees Saturday. Lows actually climb a little under the cloud

.LONG TERM...Saturday night through next Wednesday.

Cold air will be reinforced across northern and central Nevada
over the weekend into early next week following a frontal passage
early Saturday. Weak ridging will develop over the state on
Tuesday into Wednesday ahead of the next, more significant Pacific
trough/frontal system that will spread clouds and precipitation
across the Great Basin starting next Thursday. Until then, cool,
dry, and quiet weather will prevail throughout the region Sunday
into the middle of next week.

Beyond this time, model ensembles are indicating that the
dominant upper ridge over the western CONUS will slowly re-
establish itself and retrograde farther off the West Coast. This
will likely lead to a more active weather pattern which would
allow for colder, Arctic air to settle into northern and eastern
Nevada shortly after the Winter Solstice through the Christmas


.AVIATION...Weak shortwave will spread a few mid and high clouds
across the region today. Otherwise, VFR conditions will continue
at all TAF sites through 00Z Friday. In the wake of this minor
system, winds may gusts to around 25 kts later this evening and
overnight at KELY and KTPH.




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