Tahoe weather: Thunderstorms and showers keep coming | SierraSun.com

Tahoe weather: Thunderstorms and showers keep coming

TRUCKEE/TAHOE ” Thunderstorms will continue to dominate local weather this weekend and going into next week.

A low pressure system over the Pacific and a high pressure system over Utah are funneling moisture into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the pattern is only expected to strengthen next week, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

“This is coming a little early, you normally don’t see this type of pattern until the end of June or beginning of July,” said Jim Wallmann, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Reno.

Afternoon thunderstorms will continue to be the norm, but west winds expected this weekend mean they’ll blow into Nevada in the evening each day, Wallmann said

“They won’t be moving much so they’ll be dumping a lot of rain,” Wallmann said.

That could mean 1 to 1.5 inches of rain under isolated storms, he said.

“There shouldn’t be any red flag warning days because of the amount of moisture and the fuel conditions ” there isn’t a high likelihood of fire starts,” Wallmann said.

Dry lightning storms aren’t likely either, he said.

While the temperatures should remain in the 70s through the weekend, the low over the Pacific is expected to strengthen next week, Wallmann said, and temperatures will dip back into the 60s, and storms will become even more wide-spread.

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