Weather drives people to the lake |

Weather drives people to the lake

Michael Schneider

Reports of an influx of people into the Lake Tahoe area this weekend appeared true.

As temperatures remained hot around the West, hordes took to Lake Tahoe’s beaches.

Kim Bartlett and Rod and Jan Ostby came to Tahoe all the way from Colorado Springs, Colo. They were found Sunday afternoon sipping cocktails on the back porch of the Sunset Bar and Grill at Zephyr Cove Resort.

“We went to the Ponderosa and came here on the way back,” Bartlett said.

All three Tahoe first-timers agreed they loved the area with Rod adding the Stateline casinos “pay good.”

Curtis Jordan, parking manager at Zephyr Cove, had his hands full both Saturday and Sunday.

“We had more people here on the Fourth (of July) but we’ve had more cars this weekend,” he said, estimating 60 more cars parked at the cove this weekend than the holiday earlier this month.

Doreen Jenkins tried to beat the lowland heat this weekend. She came to Tahoe from the South Bay Area town of Salinas to visit her children who live on the South Shore.

She used the excuse of picking up her boat as a reason to get out of town.

“We taking our boat home because we got a bigger boat,” Jenkins said.

For hot weather lovers, the coming week’s forecast is a good one.

Temperatures are expected to continue higher than average this week with lots of sunshine, according to Larry Osterman, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Reno.

“High pressure in the West and Southwest is pushing temperatures higher than normal,” Osterman said.

The only possible change in the forecast is a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms will be present into the week.

Osterman said temperatures could be down a degree or two with light afternoon winds.

A few locations around the lake could hit the 90s this week.

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