Thanksgiving expected to be dry

The high winds, pelting rain and power outages that rocked San Francisco last weekend will disappear by Thanksgiving, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is likely to continue through today, with wind gusts reaching 20 mph.

Showers are expected to taper off by Tuesday afternoon and sunny skies will return, with temperatures reaching the 60s. Skies should clear by the time San Franciscans start to leave for Thanksgiving destinations.

“It will be cool by Thanksgiving,” forecaster Bob Benjamin said.

The weekend storm that dropped 1.07 inches of rain in The City — one of the first of the season — officially signaled the beginning of winter at ski resorts around Lake Tahoe.

In the Sierra Nevada, the precipitation dropped as much as 5 feet of snow in high elevations. Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Heavenly Mountain Resort opened during the weekend.

A winter-storm warning was in effect for most of the weekend surrounding Tahoe and will continue until Tuesday night. Many more ski resorts are planning to open for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Skies around the Bay Area will remain clear through Saturday, when another storm system is expected to roll through, Benjamin said. Temperatures will remain around the mid-50s.

Benjamin encouraged people trying to return to the Bay Area from the Sierras after Thanksgiving to check weather forecasts as the next storm could bring some less than ideal conditions for travel.

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