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Mostly cloudy and windy today; snow possible tonight

Tom Cylke
Sun news service

A low pressure system off the Northern California coast will merge with a larger low over the Pacific Northwest to bring cloudy skies, gusty winds and periods of snow to the Tahoe area later today into Wednesday.

Highs today are forecast to reach the lower 50s around the lake with a chance of rain developing by late afternoon and snow above 6500 feet.

Southwest winds will increase to 20 to 35 mph by afternoon at lake level with gust over 70 mph along the Sierra crest. Look for snow to increase down to the lake this evening with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and 4 to 8 inches above 7000 feet by Wednesday morning.

Lows tonight are expected to drop into the upper 20s around the lake.

Cold and unstable air with the upper low will bring scattered snow showers and brisk winds to the Tahoe area on Wednesday. Highs on Wednesday are forecast to reach the lower to mid 40s around the lake with southwest winds 15 to 30 mph adding to the wind chill.

Be prepared to encounter winter driving conditions tonight into Wednesday morning, especially if you’re headed over the higher passes. Check your local road conditions before departing and allow extra time to reach your destination.

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-” Meteorologist Tom Cylke can be reached at tcylke@charter.net.