Chance of rain, strong winds in weekend forecast for Tahoe

Staff Report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The National Weather Service in Reno is forecasting a small chance for rain showers on Saturday followed by strong winds on Sunday and Monday.

The service issued a special weather statement on Saturday that said a series of weak disturbances will create some wind impacts Sunday afternoon and evening and then stronger winds are possible for Monday afternoon and evening.

There is a 20% chance of showers after 11 a.m. Saturday with the snow level starting at 7,700 feet and rising to 9,000 in the afternoon.

Winds are expected to kick up on Sunday with westerly gusts in the 30-40 mph range with stronger gusts up to 50 mph for wind prone locations. The strongest gusts are expected mainly for locations north of Interstate 80.

Anyone venturing into the high Sierra should be prepared for extreme winds across Sierra ridges where gusts 70 to 90 mph are likely, the service said.

High temps for Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the low 60s and dropping into the high 50s for Monday and Tuesday. Lows will be in the high 20s to low 30s.

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