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Red flag for eastern Sierra

A red flag fire warning has been issued through tonight for the eastern slope of the High Sierra as thunderstorms are expected to bring dry lightning strikes down on parched forests.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento this morning said clouds will build up during the day to form the thunderstorms from the Sierra Crest down the east slope to the Nevada Basin.

“We expect isolated scattered thunderstorms with little or no rainfall that could produce multiple fire starts,” said Scott McGuire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.



The red flag warning is applicable today from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Lake Tahoe south, and from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Lake Tahoe to the north, McGuire said.

Looking further into the week, temperatures are expected to drop and clouds will start to appear, along with a chance of wind, McGuire said.



Saturday could see a high of 62 degrees, with a low at or around freezing.


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