Monday’s weather report: Rain will turn to snow tonight
A strong Pacific jet stream will direct a series of fast-moving frontal systems across the area this week.
The first frontal system will bring rain showers to the Lake Tahoe Basin this afternoon and evening with snow above 7,000 feet. Precipitation amounts around 0.10 inch are expected at lake level, with an inch or two of snow in the higher elevations possible by this evening.
A short break is forecast Tuesday morning, with increasing rain, snow and wind by afternoon as the next system moves in quickly along the strong Pacific jet stream over Northern California.
High temperatures today will reach into the mid and upper 50s under cloudy skies and southwest winds 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Lows tonight will be close to the seasonal normal around 30 degrees.
Daytime temperatures drop into the upper 40s to lower 50s on Tuesday, and even colder on Wednesday with highs in the 40s.
The third and coldest in the series of weather systems will move across the area on Wednesday with a good chance of snow accumulations around the basin down to lake level. Snow is forecast to taper off to snow showers Wednesday night with a break in the weather projected for Thursday into Friday morning.
The latest computer models are showing another low-pressure system moving across extreme Northern California Friday night into Saturday morning, with a chance of rain and snow for high elevations during this period.
Motorists planning travel in the Tahoe area this week should be prepared for winter driving conditions, especially over the passes. Also stay tuned to the latest weather updates and road conditions before hitting the pavement in this rapidly changing weather pattern.
— Tom Cylke can be reached at email@example.com.
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