Chilly weather expected today |

Chilly weather expected today

Simon Smith

A snow plant is in full bloom along the Hawley Grade Trail. / Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Today will be colder, blustery and unsettled, with mostly cloudy skies and spotty showers falling as snow above 8,000 feet.

Highs today will struggle to reach the mid to upper 50s around the lake, with 40s at higher elevations, and combined with westerly winds in the 15 to 25 mph range, with gusts to 40 mph, it will feel cool to cold. These temperatures are almost 20 degrees colder than those we experienced in the past week.

Tonight the fun begins, as even colder air moves into the area along with some patchy rain or possibly even snow. Nothing significant is expected, and snow levels will be near 6,500 to perhaps 7,000 feet, but possibly lower. However, only a dusting of snow, at most, over the highest elevations seems likely.

Low temperatures will drop into the upper 20s to mid 30s, so cover up the cold-sensitive plants. More cold weather is expected on Wednesday, too.

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