First day of winter is a cold one indeed |

First day of winter is a cold one indeed

Tom Cylke
Sun News Service

LAKE TAHOE ” The winter solstice today marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere with Tahoe-Truckee residents also seeing the coldest day so far this year.

Despite mostly sunny skies high temperatures will struggle to reach 30 degrees around the Lake Tahoe Basin as the fresh snow cover and brisk northeast winds around 15 mph will make it really feel like winter.

Only slight warming expected this weekend a several weak upper disturbances embedded in the prevailing northerly flow reinforces the cold air mass. These upper disturbances could also squeeze out a few snow flurries over the Tahoe-Truckee area Saturday evening and again Monday morning with no significant accumulations expected.

High temperatures Saturday and Sunday will slowly rise back into the mid 30s with variable clouds and light winds. Morning lows are forecast to drop into the single digits tonight then warming to the teens on Saturday night under mostly cloudy skies.

Longer-range forecast models paint a nice day for Christmas day with near-seasonal temperatures. Another upper trough and cold front is forecast to bring some measurable snow on Wednesday. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh powder this weekend.