Snow possible this weekend in high elevations |

Snow possible this weekend in high elevations

LAKE TAHOE – A wall of cold air is on its way down from Alaska, set to drop Tahoe-area temperatures for the weekend and possibly even deliver some high-elevation snow.

“This is a really strong low dropping out of Alaska,” said Jim Wallmann, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service office in Reno. “The last time something this cold happened this time of year was 10 years ago – it’s really uncommon.”

Saturday will see highs in the 60s with light breezes, then drop into the 50s on Sunday, associated with some moisture – maybe a quarter of an inch – that could become a few inches of snow above 8,000 feet, Wallmann said.

The moisture, mostly headed north of Tahoe, could bring some thunderstorms, he said, but with the light winds, meteorologists aren’t expecting red-flag fire conditions.

Thursday’s red flag warning said critical fire conditions are also possible south of Interstate 80 on Friday.

At lake level, temperatures will drop into the 20s Sunday night into Monday morning, Wallmann said, but after that as the low passes, things will look a little more like summer and less like winter.

“It will start to warm back up to around 80 by Wednesday,” Wallmann said.

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