Wednesday’s weather: A break between the storms early today and then snow |

Wednesday’s weather: A break between the storms early today and then snow

A brief break in the weather this morning in between storm systems. Tuesday’s storm dropped around 12 to 18 inches in the upper elevation with up to 6 inches at Lake level as the snow tapered off overnight.

Look for increasing clouds this afternoon with snow developing by mid afternoon along the Sierra crest and down to lake level by late afternoon or early evening.

High temperatures today are forecast to reach into the mid 30s in most areas with south winds 15 to 25 mph at the surface and gusts to 60 mph along the Sierra crest. Low temperatures tonight will drop into the mid 20s around the lake under cloudy skies and increasing snow.

The storm system tonight and Thursday is forecast to drop between 1 to 2 feet in the Lake Tahoe area above 7000 feet with around 6 to 10 inches at Lake level.

Strong winds will accompany this storm late tonight into Thursday afternoon resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow over the passes and other exposed areas above 7000 feet. Motorist should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions with slick roads and poor visibilities at times.

Check the latest road conditions and allow extra time to reach your destination. Colder air spreading into the area behind the cold front will keep daytime temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s on Thursday. Clearing skies and fresh snow cover Thursday night will allow overnight temperatures to plunge to the single digits by Friday morning.

Friday looks to be the best day for skiers to enjoy the fresh powder as high pressure rebuilds into the area. Dry weather is projected for the remainder of the weekend with another front forecast to bring a chance of additional snow Christmas eve.

” Meteorologist Tom Cylke can be reached at

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