Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 | 6:18 a.m.
Cool temperatures, mostly cloudy skies and a chance for light rain is on tap for the Las Vegas area today.
An upper-level disturbance will move across California and Nevada today, generating areas of mainly light rain and high elevation snow, according to the National Weather Service.
High pressure will bring dry conditions Thursday into Friday to the region, the weather service said.
Then a strong low pressure system will spread rain and snow across the area Friday night through Saturday night — including heavy snow in the mountains, forecasters said.
For today, there's a slight chance after 10 a.m., with a 30 percent chance between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., forecasters said.
At 5:56 a.m., the temperature at McCarran International Airport was 47 degrees. The normal low for today's date is 43 degrees and the record low is 24 degrees, set in 1955.
Around the valley just before 6 a.m., temperatures were 45 degrees at North Las Vegas Airport, 47 degrees at Nellis Air Force Base and 44 degrees at Henderson Executive Airport.
Temperatures are expected to be 47 degrees at 9 a.m., 56 degrees at noon and reach a high of 60 degrees at 2 p.m., forecasters said. The normal high for today's date is 65 degrees and the record high is 82 degrees, set in 1989 and 1986.
Tonight, temperatures will fall to 56 degrees by 6 p.m., 53 degrees by 9 p.m. and to 49 degrees by midnight, forecasters said.
Thursday's morning low will be 45 degrees and Thursday's afternoon high will be 67 degrees, forecasters said.