Cold front leaves lower temps but little snow
A Pacific cold front brought gusty winds to the Tahoe area Sunday afternoon and some light precipitation, mainly along the I-80 corridor early this morning.
Temperatures are forecast to drop around 10 degrees from yesterday behind the front, with highs reaching the mid to upper 50s around the Basin this afternoon.
Look for subfreezing temperatures on Tuesday morning with readings in the lower to mid 20s around the Lake. Daytime temperatures are forecast to rebound quickly on Tuesday and Wednesday into the upper 60s to lower 70s as a mild and dry westerly flow prevails across the area under a broad upper level high pressure ridge. The ridge of high pressure will keep the jet stream or storm track across the Pacific northwest where several inches of rain are expected in western Washington and Oregon.
Another change in the weather is forecast on Thursday, with the next Pacific cold front bringing strong and gusty southwest winds during the day followed by rain and snow in the late afternoon and evening.
A deepening upper level trough of low pressure will bring scattered snow showers and much cooler temperatures Thursday night into Friday morning. Highs on Friday should be mostly in the 40s. Forecast models are in fairly good agreement at this time showing clearing skies Friday night with high pressure and milder daytime temperatures returning on the weekend .
— Tom Cylke is a retired meteorologist having forecasted weather in the Reno and Lake Tahoe area with the National Weather Service since 1974. He can be reached at email@example.com.