The National Weather Service says a waterspout has been observed over Lake Tahoe amid severe weather that led to a tornado warning for several northeastern California counties and Carson City in western Nevada.
The Reno weather office says the waterspout made contact with the lake at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday, and numerous spotter photos show its well-defined spray ring on the surface.
weatherphoto Penny Duncan captured a water spout near Kings Beach on #LakeTahoe
Tornado Warning*** Valid until 4:45p A confirmed funnel cloud over Lake Tahoe. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY! #NVWx #CAWx
weather North Lake Tahoe Fire capturing waterspout on camera .. https://t.co/zkhcDhlksY https://t.co/cYB2f6eVOf
Meteorologists issued the tornado warning during another brief round of thunderstorms over the northern Sierra Nevada.
A fall-like cold front is expected Thursday, bringing gusty winds and a chance of showers, followed by a stronger front early next week.