Cooler temps, wind, possible rain on tap for holiday weekend

Staff Report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Following above normal seasonal temperatures on Thursday, the Lake Tahoe Basin will have cooler, windy conditions, with possible rain and snow showers, later this week and into the holiday weekend.

The National Weather Service in Reno issued a lake wind advisory that goes into effect on noon Thursday and lasts through 8 p.m.

Southwest winds will range from 15-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are expected which will make choppy conditions on the lake, including waves up to 3 feet. Some Sierra locations could see stronger gusts.

The service said small boats, kayaks and paddle boards will be prone to capsizing and should remain off lake waters until conditions improve.

There will be potential for showers and thunderstorms continuing through much of the weekend, the service said. Any storms that develop would be capable of lightning and gusty, erratic outflow winds.

The erratic winds should make residents and visitors use caution when barbecuing or any activity that could cause a spark.

“Be extra vigilant and cautious, and don’t be that guy or gal that ignites a fire this weekend,” said a special weather statement.

After the high temps reach into the upper 70s on Thursday, they will drop to the upper 60s on Friday and the mid 50s on Saturday and low 50s on Sunday and Monday.

There is a 20-30% chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday and lesser chances on Monday.

People enjoy the beach at Lakeview Commons this week in South Lake Tahoe.
Bill Rozak/Tahoe Daily Tribune

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