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For the 24-hour period ending at 6:00 am on Sunday, 1,894 strikes were recorded within California. 929 strikes were detected within the National Forests. Most of the strikes were in Northern California, with clusters on the Mendocino, Lassen and Plumas National Forests and along the Sierra crest between I-80 and US 50.

Lightning map courtesy Tahoe National Forest

On the Tahoe National Forest, the first downstrike was recorded at 11:10 am and the last one at 1: 24 pm. BLM LC detected 53 strikes within the Tahoe – 22 for Truckee Ranger District, 14 for American River Truckee Ranger District, 10 for Sierraville Truckee Ranger District, and 7 for Yuba River Truckee Ranger District.

Lightning map courtesy Tahoe National Forest

According to the National Weather Service Sacramento Office, showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for today and tomorrow and will mainly be limited to the Sierra.

Main impacts with these showers and thunderstorms will be lightning, brief heavy downpours, locally gusty winds, and small hail. Additionally, can’t rule out the chance of some new fire starts associated with lightning where vegetation is driest.

Elsewhere, expect dry conditions. By midweek, another trough is slated to move into NorCal. Cooler temperatures and breezy winds are expected, with renewed chances for precipitation. This trough is expected to be cooler than the current one we’re experiencing, so mountain snow showers look possible, in addition to showers and thunderstorms.