Cool with brisk northeast winds today, warming trend Friday into weekend
February 14, 2008
A cool surface high pressure system has settled into the Great Basin in the wake of yesterdays cold front.
A strong pressure difference or gradient has developed between this cold air mass in Nevada and the lower pressure and warmer air over California.
Northeast winds gusting over 90 mph are expected along the Sierra crest this morning while gusts to 30 mph are forecast at lake level creating some rough lake conditions with large waves on the western shores.
Highs today are projected to reach the mid 30s this afternoon at lake level and in the mid 20s at the 8,000 foot resort level. Skiers should bundle up today as wind chill temperatures are calculated between 0 and minus 10 over the exposed ridges above 8,000 feet.
Clear skies tonight and diminishing winds will allow overnight lows to drop into the single digits around the lake with some reading below zero near Truckee and other local cold spots.
Highs pressure aloft is forecast to rebuild into the area Friday and Saturday for a return to the sunny skies and the above normal daytime temperatures we experienced early in the week.