Frigid weather on the way: Pattern changes to ‘impressive cold’ |

Frigid weather on the way: Pattern changes to ‘impressive cold’

Hunker down, Tahoe; Old Man Winter isn’t done yet.

Say goodbye to faux spring, because weather forecasters say an “impressive cold front” will move in by the time you wake up tomorrow.

Temperatures will be in the teens beginning tonight, with highs about 30 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Above 9,000 feet, daytime temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees, with wind gusts over ridges running 60 mph. Winds will decrease by Thursday.

It’s not discouraging news to at least one South Shore resident.

“There is no such thing as bad weather,” said John Mitchell, who was enjoying a cup of coffee in 58-degree weather Monday at Alpina Coffee Cafe.

“I love the dramatic changes in weather. It’s the cup half-full mentality,” he said with a smile. “The only thing I don’t like is 16 days of rain at 32 degrees.”

While this storm is not expected to bring a lot of snow, another system moving in this weekend from Canada could bring more moisture.

The weather pattern means a possibility of “lake-effect” snow, where Lake Tahoe creates a bit of its own weather, according to weather spotter Simon Smith.

With recent warm weather, Lake Tahoe is one to two degrees warmer than normal. As the cold air moves over, and with the right wind conditions, the lake can make its own snow.

In November 2000, Carson City received 23 inches of lake effect snow, where South Shore only received a few inches, Smith said.

Weather impacts South Shore businesses in good and bad ways.

When skiers can’t ski because of the weather, they often go shopping, said George Richter, who owns 2 Dogs and A Cat, a pet boutique in the Village Center.

While the shop was bustling on Monday, he said his busiest days this season were the week after Christmas when it was raining.

Alpina owner Stephanie Seals agreed weather affects business, but in inconsistent ways. Big storms can bring tourists in on their exodus out of town, while nice spring-like days bring people to the cafe’s patio and garden.

The key is residents who come back regardless of which way the wind blows.

“Regulars are regulars no matter what,” she said.

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