January thaw this week with dry and mild conditions | SierraSun.com

January thaw this week with dry and mild conditions

LAKE TAHOE ” The January thaw is a term local weather folks use to describe a period of dry and mild weather, usually lasting a week or two in between stormy periods this time of year.

A strong high-pressure system along the West Coast will keep our area under a dry northerly flow for much of the week. Today will most likely be the best day of the week to be on the slopes with sunny skies and light winds. Highs today are expected to reach the mid to upper 40s at lake level and the lower to mid 40s at the 8,000-foot resort level.

Lows tonight are forecast to drop into the single digits with areas of freezing fog developing in the Truckee area during the morning hours.

A weak cold front will drop south across Nevada from Idaho on Tuesday bringing a few clouds and increasing west winds to 50 mph along the Sierra crest. Little change in temperatures are expected on Tuesday as the wind mixes out colder valley inversions and keeps afternoon temperatures in the mid 40s.

Look for cooler temperatures in the 30s and gusty northeast ridge winds on Wednesday as a strong surface high pressure system builds into the Great Basin following the dry cold front.

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