Approaching cold front to bring increasing winds today
A strong Pacific jet stream and associated cold front will move slowly south into Northern California by Wednesday.
Look for increasing southwest winds around 15 to 30 mph at lake level this afternoon with gusts to 60 mph along the Sierra crest.
Temperatures will be a little cooler today with highs in the lower 50s around the lake under partly cloudy skies. Lows tonight should be fairly mild due to clouds and gusty winds overnight with minimum readings in the upper 20s to mid 30s around the lake.
Strong southwest winds 20 to 35 mph with local gusts to 60 mph are forecast at lake level for Wednesday as the cold front moves across the Tahoe area. Winds along the Sierra crest on Wednesday are expected to be sustained at 40 to 60 mph with gusts to 80 mph at times.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for the Lake Tahoe area from late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.
A fairly narrow precipitation band with this front will bring some light snow or snow showers to the Tahoe area on Wednesday with accumulations expected to be a few inches in the upper elevations with an inch or less at lake level by Thursday morning. Much cooler air behind the front will lower daytime temperatures in the lower to mid 40s on Wednesday afternoon.
A return to dry but cool weather is forecast for Thursday and Friday before the next weather system brings a chance of snow showers to the area this weekend.