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Gusty winds today and Friday

June 12, 2014 by  
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Thursday June 12

Gusty winds will continue in the Tahoe Basin today and Friday as a low pressure system moving through the Pacific Northwest creates a strong pressure gradient sucking dry air from the southwest into the region. Winds of 30 mph to 40 mph along the Sierra front are likely with gusts possibly approaching 50 mph.

The winds are forecast to weaken over the weekend as temperatures cool off to seasonal highs for this time of year.

A backdoor cold front is expected to move through Nevada on Monday or Tuesday, bringing even cooler temperatures to the Sierra, with highs in the 60s in the Sierra.



Weekend forecast: Breezy with a chance of thunderstorms

May 29, 2014 by  
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Thursday May 29

A mild weekend is on tap for Tahoe and the rest of the Sierra, with a chance of some isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Two areas of low pressure — one off the California coast and another off the coast of Washington — will affect our weather during the coming days.

The main effect of this will be some breezy conditions, especially in the afternoons, with winds out of the west.

Showers and thunderstorms should generally remain north of Tahoe through Saturday, probably in the far northern Sierra and western Nevada.

By Sunday as the low out of Washington begins to sag south, we could see an increased chance of thunderstorms closer to Tahoe, with chances increasing even more into Monday and Tuesday.






Warm weekend ahead

May 22, 2014 by  
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Thursday May 22

An area of low pressure that brought moisture and thunderstorms to the central Sierra this week is moving to the southeast today, leaving dry and warmer conditions in its wake.

Temperatures in the Tahoe Basin should be on the rise through the holiday weekend as a region of high pressure over the western US ushers in another warming trend.

By Friday and Saturday look for highs in the 80s in the foothills and the 70s in the Sierra, about 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Although there will be far less moisture aloft this weekend than we have been seeing, there will remain a chance of isolated thunderstorms over the Sierra Crest in the afternoons.

By Monday another low pressure system will be moving into the Pacific Northwest, and that should mean a break in the warming trend and some gusty winds for the Tahoe Basin. Temperatures will be cooler on Tuesday as the trough moves inland.



Heat wave to break by the weekend

May 15, 2014 by  
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Thursday May 15

High pressure over the Sierra and Northern California will continue to bring unseasonably warm temperatures to the Tahoe Basin through Friday.

By Friday the ridge of high pressure will begin to flatten and open the way to an approaching low from the Pacific Northwest. The shift will bring a boost in afternoon winds Thursday but even more so on Friday, with gusts of 25 to 30 mph. Afternoon high temperatures will also begin to drift down a bit, but will still be well above average for this time of year.

The upper level low pressure system is expected to move through California and into the Sierra late Sunday and Monday, bringing clouds, much cooler temperatures and a chance of showers. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible in the Sierra Monday and Tuesday.

The remnants of that low could linger into Wednesday, keeping skies partly cloudy and temperatures on the cool side before we see a chance of another warming trend.





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