Wednesday’s forecast: Cooler with brisk northeast winds today |

Wednesday’s forecast: Cooler with brisk northeast winds today

Colder air pushing into the Great Basin will reinforce a strong surface high pressure system over Nevada.

A strong pressure difference between the high pressure system over Nevada and lower pressure in California will bring gusty northeast winds to the Lake Tahoe Basin today.

A lake wind advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for northeast winds 15 to 30 mph until 10 pm this evening. Northeast winds gusting to 80 mph are forecast along the Sierra crest above the timberline today into Thursday.

High temperatures today are expected to peak in the lower to mid 30s around the lake under partly cloudy skies. Skiers will experience temperatures in the 20s at 8000 feet with wind chill temperatures around zero as winds gust over 50 mph.

Low temperatures tonight will drop in to the single digits under mostly clear skies.

Not as cold on Thursday with highs climbing up to the mid and upper 30s under mostly sunny skies.

Longer range computer forecast models are still on track bringing in a cold upper low pressure system from Western Canada over the Tahoe area on Sunday. This weather system is expected to bring colder temperatures and snow showers to the basin Sunday and Monday with highs projected in the 20s.

” Meteorologist Tom Cylke can be reached at

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