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Winter-like weather brings record lows

Tom Cylke
Sun News Service

Jim Grant/Sun News ServiceA boater heads back to the Cave Rock boat ramp Thursday morning as high winds whip up the waves.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” A cold, low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska will settle in over Nevada today, bringing unseasonably cold temperatures and scattered snow showers. Possible record-low maximum temperatures today as the mercury struggles to reach 40 degrees.

The record low maximum for Oct. 5 is 43 at the South Lake Tahoe Airport and 37 at Tahoe City.

Motorists planning travel in the Tahoe area today should check the latest road conditions as snow accumulations up to 4 inches at lake level and 4 to 8 inches above 7,000 feet are expected by this evening. Clearing skies and diminishing winds tonight could lead to a record-breaking cold morning on Saturday with lows in the teens to lower 20s forecast. The record low temperature for Oct. 6 is 18 degrees at the South Lake Tahoe airport and 20 at Tahoe City. Good idea to drain or protect any outdoor plumbing if you have not already done so. Also disconnect garden hoses and bring indoors any freeze sensitive plants or pets.

The low-pressure system will move east into Utah on Saturday, leaving the area under mostly sunny skies but with cool north to northeast winds up to 15 mph. High temperatures Saturday are forecast to reach into the upper 40s to lower 50s. Another chilly morning Sunday with lows in the lower to mid 20s under clear skies. High pressure is forecast to build back strongly on Sunday with sunny skies and light winds. High temperatures warm back into the lower to mid 60s by afternoon or near the seasonal normal for this time of year.

The long range outlook for next week calls for dry weather with mild daytime temperatures in the mid to upper 60s and near seasonal low temperatures in upper 20s to mid 30s. Look for some increase in clouds and wind late Tuesday into Wednesday as a Pacific frontal system brushes north of the area.