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Windy and cooler today with a few snow showers along the Sierra

Tom Cylke
Sun news service

A slow moving cold front will move across the Tahoe area today accompanied by strong southwest winds and cooler temperatures.

These southwest winds of 20 to 40 mph at lake level and gusts over 90 mph along the Sierra crest will keep snow fall mainly limited to the west slopes of the Sierra.

Snow fall accumulations of an inch or two are possible along the Sierra crest above 8,000 feet with only a dusting or trace expected down in the basin at lake level by later this afternoon and evening.

Daytime temperatures will be noticeably cooler today with highs in the lower to mid 40s at lake level and in the upper 20s to lower 30s at the 8000 foot resort level. Lows tonight are expected to drop into the teens under clearing skies and diminishing winds.

A cool but mostly sunny day is on tap for Thursday in the post frontal air mass with highs in the lower to mid 40s and brisk northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Computer forecast models are now showing a series of weak weather systems tracking mainly across the Pacific northwest but with some energy and moisture splitting south across central California this weekend.

One of these weather features is expected to bring increasing clouds and winds to the Tahoe area on Friday with a chance of snow showers by afternoon. Stay tuned to see if any significant snow will fall which could affect travel and outdoor activities this weekend.