Snow showers could return Thursday night
The frontal system that swept through the Tahoe area early Monday morning brought some light rain showers to the Basin with a dusting of snow above 7,000 feet. Truckee reported 0.10 inch of rain while Tahoe City measured 0.07 and South Lake Tahoe logged 0.03.
Sunny skies return today after a chilly morning with readings in the 20s around the Basin. High temperatures today will rebound quickly into the upper 60s as high pressure aloft builds back into the area. Another frosty night will see clear skies with lows dropping into the upper 20s and lower 30s Wednesday morning. Wednesday should be similar to today with highs in the upper 60s but expect some southwest winds to increase in the afternoon to around 15 to 30 mph.
The next frontal system moving into Northern California from the Gulf of Alaska Thursday will be colder and windier than Monday’s system. Strong and gusty winds will make for hazardous boating on Thursday while increasing clouds hold afternoon temperatures to the mid 50s. The best chances for measurable rain and snow will be Thursday night into Friday morning along the frontal band.
This is a colder storm system with snow levels dropping quickly Thursday night. Like the previous weather systems this will be a fast-moving trough of low pressure so snow accumulations are expected to be light. A great weekend weather wise is forecast, as high pressure rebuilds back into the Great Basin for sunny skies and daytime temperatures warming back into the mid 60s to lower 70s.
— 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.