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Warmer weather forecast today

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Jim Grant/Tahoe TribuneUpper Kingsbury resident Miguel Ynclino clears about 4 inches of snow from his car before going into work Monday morning.
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Nor rain, sleet, snow, wind, hail and a cold snap could stop mail delivery, flower growth, Little League baseball games and the quest for the U.S. Open in the Reno-Tahoe region Monday.

Throughout the day, Mother Nature summoned a plethora of weather conditions over the Sierra Nevada from a storm front originating in the Gulf of Alaska .

The storm tested golfers trying to qualify for the famed tournament with hail falling on The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes, but the good sports stood their ground, golf Director Lou Eiguren said that afternoon. No “golf-ball-sized” hail was reported, something that may ultimately have delayed the event.

Only three golfers in the 48 scheduled to play withdrew, Eiguren said.

The temperature dropped at least 25 degrees in a 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday, the National Weather Service bureau in Reno reported.

The mercury, which didn’t quite reach 40 degrees at Lake Tahoe, read 10 to 15 degrees below normal. However, the unseasonable spring fluctuation was dwarfed by the 1986 record low of 24 degrees.

“It’s a little unusual, but this could happen any time of year here,” said Rhett Milne of the weather bureau.

The cold spell didn’t keep U.S. Postal Service carrier Mark Wieland out of shorts and short sleeves, in which he made his South Lake Tahoe rounds.

Wieland said he was “in denial” about how cold it was Monday, adding some people did double takes when they saw him in shorts.

And gardeners shouldn’t despair over the chilly conditions, Julie Abner at the Aspen Hollow nursery said. The tulips, pansies and other flowers dotting the South Shore in recent weeks should stay alive without cover.

Despite the dramatic drop in temperature, no hypothermia-related cases traveled through Barton Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, Manager Mary Flores said.

Two to 4 inches of snow were reported above 7,000 by late Monday afternoon. At lake level, Tahoe received a few inches in pocket areas.

Early-morning snow showers, a nudge in temperatures and decreasing winds are forecast for today, Milne said.

For the official launching of summer this weekend, Tahoe residents and visitors can expect temperatures 20 degrees warmer than Monday, he added.


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