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Last Map Update: Sun, May. 28, 2017 at 9:11:13 pm PDT

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Dry, sunny, and warm conditions continue for Memorial Day. Expect highs to generally be in the 80s for most valley locations with higher elevations cooler as highs will reach into the 60s and lower 70s.

A few of the remaining snow covered SNOTELs or SNOLITEs in Elko and White Pine counties. Most numbers are running better than 2015 or 2014, especially in White Pine county. Although the last four years of snow depth in the Ruby Mtns above 9000 ft. are similar, the water content of the snowpack (not listed) is higher this year compared to the previous 3 years. This is true for most sites in Elko county as well.

High temperatures will continue to rise for Memorial Day. All valley locations should be in the 80s on Memorial Day. The increase in temperatures also means an increase in the snow melt. Those going outdoors for the Memorial Day Weekend should be aware of rising levels of the smaller creeks and should keep an eye on the river forecasts here on our site!

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday in May. It honors those who died serving the United States military. Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. The holiday was extended by the 20th century to include all American soldiers. It is also seen as the start of the summer season. Through 1970 Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) was always held on May 30th. As part of the Uniform Holiday Bill of 1968, Memorial Day was moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May in 1971. It has been held on this date ever since. Memorial Day can now fall anywhere from May 25th to May 31st.

Here are some historical climate statistics and forecast highs and lows for Memorial Day (May 29th) from around our area of responsibility in northeastern and central Nevada. Yes, some sites received snow during this time period.

 

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