Temperatures in the Sierra burg of Sonora are expected to hit highs of 100 on Tuesday.
But hold that thought for a second …
The National Weather Service says isolated thunderstorms that have been sashaying their way across the Sierra Nevada over the past week — at one point dumping a show-stopping amount of hail onto Sonora Pass — haven’t quite petered out.
Welcome to June in the Sierra Nevada.
Starting this past Wednesday, Mother Nature has been putting on a show around Lake Tahoe: high-voltage lightning shows and colorful skyscapes more reminiscent of a 1968 Fillmore concert than that of the eve of summer in the sun-smacked Golden State.
The good news is that after a few more blasts of lightning and thunder at the higher altitudes, the weather up and down California’s northern Sierra range is expected to settle down and behave itself — if you can call seasonal thunderstorms and mountain rainfall ”settled.”
We were told 60 cars stuck on the west side. Had to drive all the way to Tahoe to get over the crest. Seen plenty of Sierra thunderstorms in my life but this one was special. Just parked over us and dumped and dumped pic.twitter.com/YTxEv5CFYX
— Alex Breitler (@alexbreitler) June 17, 2019