National Weather Service issues thunderstorm warning for Tahoe

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 21, 2018 / comments


Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 10 miles southwest of Gardnerville, moving north at 10 mph. Dime size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm. Brief heavy rain is also possible with this storm. Outflow winds could reach as far northwest as South Lake Tahoe.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

Thunderstorms will develop across the region over the next few hours with a few strong thunderstorms likely by mid-afternoon, according to a report from the National Weather Service in Reno.

Strong storms may produce very heavy rainfall, hail and outflow winds of 50 miles per hour (mph) or more.

Lightning is a dangerous hazard to boaters, hikers and golfers. Be prepared to seek shelter immediately if storms develop near your location.

During a thunderstorm, seek shelter inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows. Hikers and campers should seek shelter in a vehicle if possible.

Locations impacted include Reno, Carson City, communities around the Lake Tahoe Basin, South Lake Tahoe, Gardnerville, and Virginia City.