Fall-like storm to dust higher slopes | SierraSun.com

Fall-like storm to dust higher slopes

With fall scheduled to arrive on Sunday, an unseasonably cool storm will sweep through the Sierra Nevada later today, bringing gusty winds and snow to the higher elevations.

The National Weather Service said the track of the early season storm is still uncertain, with the low center expected to remain off the central California coast.

Forecaster Gina Beninato of the National Weather Service office in Reno said the early storm fits the climate pattern for this time of year.

“The fall and spring are highly variable seasons,” Beninato said. “It’s not unusual for a storm to come through at this time, but this one is unseasonably cool.”

Daytime temperatures will plummet in the Tahoe-Truckee area, falling more than 10 degrees to the mid-50s today and Thursday. Overnight lows should remain in the 30s.

As the low-pressure trough approaches, winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph this afternoon, with gusts over the ridges expected to hit 60 mph this evening.

The snow level tonight is expected to lower to 6,500 to 7,000 feet.

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