Monday’s weather: Windy today, cooling back to normal on Tuesday
August 25, 2008
Another unseasonably strong upper level trough of low pressure and jet stream will move through the Pacific Northwest today.
The approaching cool front will generate strong southwest winds over the Lake Tahoe area today with gusts to 35 mph this afternoon.
Southwest winds around 15 to 30 mph are expected to create rough lake conditions by mid to late morning with wave 3 to 4 foot on the north and east shores this afternoon.
Wind gusts up to 60 mph are forecast along the Sierra crest and other wind prone areas in the upper elevations. Highs today are expected to reach the upper 70s to lower 80s around the lake under sunny skies. Lows tonight are projected to dip into the mid 30s to lower 40s under clear skies and diminishing winds.
Cooler air will spread into the Tahoe Basin on Tuesday as the cool front pushes across the area in the morning hours. Highs are forecast to top out in the mid to upper 70s or near the seasonal normals for this date. Winds are expected to be out of the north to northwest around 10 mph Tuesday afternoon.
Higher pressure aloft is forecast to return by mid week with temperatures warming back into the lower to mid 80s beginning Wednesday. Stay tuned to see if afternoon thunderstorms will pop up by the end of the week with a more favorable southerly flow forecast to develop.
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