Milder temperatures this week, but more precipitation
Today should be the nicest day of the week, as high pressure holds firm over the area for sunny skies and generally light winds.
After a chilly start this morning, with lows in the 20s, temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to upper 60s this afternoon. Low temperatures tonight will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s around the Basin which is close to the seasonal normals for this date.
Another mild but windy day is on tap for Tuesday as a low-pressure system and cold front approach the Northern California coast. South winds around 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph are forecast for Tuesday afternoon and evening making for hazardous boating conditions but with decent surfing along the north shore of the lake if you wear your wet suit.
Rain should begin to fall in the Basin Tuesday night, with the best chance of rain Wednesday morning as the front drags across the area. This weather system will be much milder, coming out of the mid Pacific, with snow levels expected to be around 7,000 feet or higher.
Motorists planning travel Tuesday night into Wednesday morning should monitor the latest road and weather conditions, especially over the higher passes. Computer models are currently forecasting around .50 to .75 of an inch precipitation or 3 to 6 inches of wet snow possible in the higher elevations above 7,500 feet.
Look for a break in the weather late Wednesday into Thursday ahead of the next mild frontal system moving into the area late Thursday night into Friday. Friday’s weather system will again have relatively high snow levels and light amounts of rain and snow.
– Tom Cylke is a retired meteorologist who has forecasted weather in the Reno and Lake Tahoe area with the National Weather Service since 1974. He can be reached at email@example.com.