Weather to stay mild this week
December 29, 2008
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” While there remains a chance of snow showers today, the National Weather Service forecast shows no significant storms for the region over the next few days.
Lake Tahoe and Truckee weather should remain mild through New Year’s Day with the next report of snow showers on Friday, Jan. 2.
Meanwhile, today will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers for the Lake Tahoe area. Highs 32 to 42 with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 75 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with lows 14 to 24. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 60 mph in the evening.
Expect partly cloudy skies on Tuesday, with highs 33 to 43 at the Lake Tahoe Basin, with lows 16 to 26.
The National Weather Service in Reno reports that the KRGX radar on Virginia Peak that services the Lake Tahoe Basin and Carson City / Reno areas, will be down for a “prolonged period” because of wind damage to its dome.
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Initial damage occurred during strong winds with 140 mph gusts on Dec. 19. Another storm system with high winds moved through the area Christmas eve into Christmas morning. Peak gusts to 95 mph destroyed the previously damaged radar dome, and damaged the now-unprotected radar dish, the National Weather Service reports.
The radar is located in western Nevada at 8,299 feet atop Virginia Peak, south of Pyramid Lake. Return to service is unknown at this time, according to the weather service.