Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS65 KLKN 202300 AFDLKN Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Elko NV 400 PM PDT Tue Apr 20 2021 .SYNOPSIS...Breezy winds continue into tonight and clouds continue to build in as a disturbance over the region helps usher some moisture in. Chances for showers stay small overnight, but begin to increase in the morning for central Nevada. Dry weather returns late Wednesday and takes us to the weekend. && .SHORT TERM...Tonight through Friday Breezy winds continue tonight, particularly in Humboldt county where winds will be 15 to 20 mph with gusts approaching 30 mph. Once daytime comes, most winds across the CWA will be around 10 to 15 mph, but some pockets of stronger winds may exist in northern Nevada. Showers are possible through tomorrow afternoon, mainly in central Nevada. While this system is bringing in some moisture, QPF totals greater than a few hundreths of an inch are unlikely. Showers taper off during the late afternoon on Wednesday as drier air fills in, but this low pressure system takes it slow and steady when trying to drift off to the southeast, but a ridge is able to build in by Friday. Temperatures trend cooler for Wednesday with afternoon highs spreading from the upper 40s to mid 60s, but some warming takes place to close that range and we see 60s and low 70s by Friday. .LONG TERM...Friday night through Tuesday. A weather pattern change is in store for the region starting Saturday as a short wave trough moves quickly through the state with light valley rain and snow across northern Nevada. This weather feature will be ahead of a stronger, broader trough that moves into the region Sunday into Monday. Cooler temperatures with this system behind a cold front will lower snow levels Sunday night into Monday. However, snow accumulation will be confined to mountains and perhaps minimal accumulation along passes but travel impacts will be minimal. Drier conditions look to settle into the state Tuesday as a ridge builds over the area. There is an overall high confidence in a pattern change for early next week but exact timing and precipitation amount details are still unresolved. Temperatures will peak in the 70s for Saturday before cooling back down into the 50s and 60s by Monday. Lows will be above freezing through Monday with lower 30s potentially returning Tuesday morning. && .AVIATION...VFR conditions are expected for the next 24 hours. Gusty northeast winds are expected across the much of the state through tonight. Gusts to around 30 knots are expected at KWMC, KBAM and KEKO up until midnight, before slowly diminishing. A few showers this evening across the US-50 corridor but significant impacts at KTPH and KELY are not expected. && .LKN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ 84/93/93 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.