Weather trending wetter and cooler through the weekend |

Weather trending wetter and cooler through the weekend

The high pressure ridge which gave us a fabulous Presidents day weekend will finally break down today.

A rather active storm track or jet stream will be sending a series of progressively stronger storm systems into the Tahoe area through the weekend. A weak trough of low pressure is forecast to bring increasing clouds today with scattered showers developing by late afternoon.

Highs today are expected to reach the lower to mid 40s around the lake under mostly cloudy skies and south winds 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Snow levels should start out around 6500 feet this afternoon then lower to lake level by evening.

Snow showers are forecast to continue into Wednesday morning with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches at lake level and 3 to 5 inches above 7,000 feet. Lows tonight should fall into the lower to mid 20s.

Look for a cooler day on Wednesday as snow showers diminish with partial clearing in the afternoon. Highs are forecast to peak in the mid 30s around the lake and the mid 20s at the 8000 foot resort level Wednesday afternoon.

The second storm system will bring more snow to the Tahoe area Thursday afternoon into Friday. A break is forecast on Friday night ahead of an even stronger storm late Saturday into Sunday.

Computer models are showing fairly heavy precipitation with the weekend storm with several feet of snow possible in the upper elevations by Sunday evening. Check the latest statements and watches concerning these developing storms from the National Weather Service at

– Meteorologist Tom Cylke can be reached at

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