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Saturday forecast: Red flag warning today; mostly sunny and warm this weekend

Tribune staff and Tom Cylke

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 11 a.m. today to 8 p.m. for gusty winds and low humidity over portions of Northwest Nevada and the east side of the Tahoe basin.

Low pressure will move into Oregon today with a weak cold front moving into Northwest Nevada.

This will increase the winds across the area with the strongest winds in Northwest Nevada into the east side of the Tahoe basin. Humidity will be low after poor humidity recovery last night. The strongest winds are expected to occur in mid-afternoon and gradually die off during the evening.

Meanwhile, look for southwest winds around 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon generating 1 to 2 foot waves on the north and east shores of Lake Tahoe today.

More sunshine is expected today and Sunday under the prevailing southwesterly flow pattern. Little change in temperatures are forecast this weekend with highs in the the upper 70s to lower 80s at lake level and lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Longer range computer forecast models are showing a weak upper low developing off the central California coast next week with a shift to a southerly flow aloft. This southerly flow pattern could bring increasing moisture and instability with chance of afternoon thunderstorms to the Tahoe area by mid week.

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” Meteorologist Tom Cylke can be reached at tcylke@charter.net.