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Possibility exists for flash flooding today

Simon Smith
Smoke from nearby fires filled the basin Monday morning, casting an orange hue. / Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Today is shaping up to be perhaps the most active day of the week, with some very unsettled weather developing by early afternoon.

Areas of smoke and haze this morning will give way to mostly cloudy skies by afternoon and scattered, heavy showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms will contain torrential rains, hail, strong gusty winds and frequent lightning.

Residents near the Angora burn area should pay attention to the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service in Reno due to the potential for heavy rains over the burn area.

A flash flood watch may be issued for today. The showers may bring some beneficial rains to our area, and also help to cool things down with highs today in the upper 70s to mid 80s, and lows tonight in the 50s.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms will continue throughout the evening hours and overnight as well, but will decrease in coverage and intensity.

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Winds will generally be light except near the thunderstorms. Keep the umbrella near by today as you may need it.

— Simon Smith is a co-op observer for the National Weather Service. He lives in South Lake Tahoe. If you have a weather-related question, e-mail him at simonsweather@yahoo.com

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