The mercury continues to drop to record low temperatures as a week-long stretch of unseasonably cold weather continues across much of Nevada and the Sierra.

The National Weather Service says South Lake Tahoe, California set a record on Tuesday for the third time in a week. Tuesday’s low of 8 degrees (-13 Celsius) smashed the previous record of 13 (-10.5 C) dating to 1985.

The town on the south shore of Lake Tahoe straddling the California-Nevada line posted a record low of 5 degrees (-15 C) on Sunday. That was less than 72 hours after it set a record high of 71 degrees (22 C) last Thursday.

In southern Nevada, Desert Rock-Mercury set a new record low of 25 (-4 C) on Tuesday in the desert north of Las Vegas. That broke the old mark of 27 (-3 C) set in 2010.

Wednesday’s highs were forecast to range from around 60 (16 C) in Las Vegas to the upper 40s (single digits Celsius) in Reno. A chance of snow returns to the Lake Tahoe area Thursday night, with snow and rain likely by Friday night.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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