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Mild and windy today and Tuesday, chance of snow on Wednesday

Tom Cylke
Sun news service

A strong jet stream will be migrating slowly southward from the Pacific Northwest over the next few day bringing increasing winds and a chance of snow with a fairly strong cold front by Wednesday.

Look for highs at lake level to reach the mid 50s this afternoon along with increasing clouds and southwest winds 15 to 30 mph. Skiers at the 8,000 foot resort level will see temperatures in the lower to mid 40s in the afternoon with southwest winds 30 to 50 mph in exposed areas. Lows tonight are forecast to drop into the mid to upper 20s around the lake under partly cloudy skies.

Tuesday will see a little more cooling with highs expected to reach the lower 50s under partly cloudy skies and gusty southwest winds 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Very windy conditions are forecast Tuesday night in advance of a strong Pacific cold front which is expected to bring much cooler temperatures and generally light amounts of snow to the area Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for the Lake Tahoe area from Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon. A watch means that high winds are possible in the area and is usually issued for a longer period (days) in advance of the event.

A warning may be issued when conditions for high winds become imminent or are occurring at the time usually issued with a short lead time often hours before the actual event.