South Shore temps reach high of 51 degrees

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

AP contributed to this story

Snow melted Sunday as temperatures at South Shore reached a high of 51 degrees.

Its not a record high, but an area of high pressure that’s shielding the state certainly made for an unusually warm February weekend.

Saturday’s temperature at South Lake Tahoe was 54 degrees, in Reno thermometers hit 64.

“Typically high pressure is associated with fair weather, particularly in this area,” said Larry Osterman, a forecaster National Weather Service in Reno. “It tends to force storm tracks north.

“But it’s undergoing a change. It’s shifting to the west and will be replaced by a colder low pressure system.”

Ostermann said he expects colder weather and windy conditions will arrive Monday night with a chance of snow showers overnight Tuesday.

In the southern part of the state, a record was broken Saturday when El Cajon in San Diego County hit 88 degrees. That’s one degree warmer than a temperature recorded there in 1995.

Sunday at South Shore, a motorcycle cruised U. S. Highway 50, people walked in the sun with just a T-Shirt and a handful of folks ate deli sandwiches outdoors.

“The weather sucks. It’s not May,” said Joel Tubbs, 23. “(We’re going) skateboarding. There’s too many rocks and stuff to ski.”

Mark Sartoris, a 19-year-old who moved to South Shore to snowboard, said he, too, is disappointed with the weather.

“It sucks,” he said. “I’ve only been up here since December but I hoped there’d be snow up to my head by now.”

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