Hazardous Winter Weather

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It’s four days until Winter officially starts and we’ve already seen valley snow. A warm front brought us warmer temperatures overnight and higher snow levels above 5,000′ for much of the night but that was short lived as a cold front is making its way across the region.  It has already passed through many areas and has been dropping temperatures and snow levels as it goes and will continue to do so through the day. Snow levels will drop to around 1,200 feet by late afternoon and continue to drop to around 500 feet at times tonight meaning more snow for the valley floors.  Several watches and warnings are in effect for our area and the potential for hazardous driving conditions will continue at times through the weekend as more winds and snow are expected. Many of the watches/warnings in our area expire at 10 am, but a winter storm watch above 1,500 feet doesn’t go into effect until this afternoon for the most of the west side and last through tomorrow afternoon for snow and wind.

We’re in the middle of a very active winter weather pattern that means several fronts will be passing through dropping snow levels as they go and bringing in strong winds.  Snow levels tonight, as of now, look to be the lowest they get as the next round on Wednesday will drop snow levels to 2,000′-2,500′ and 2,000′ by Thursday. Then snow levels climb Friday to 3,000′ and remain high Saturday but have the potential to drop again on Sunday but there is low confidence in the timing and strength of that system.

Be sure to be prepared for winter weather driving conditions no matter what your elevation as the potential for slick roads, snow packed roads and reduced visibility from blowing snow are likely. You can find out more on how to be prepared on the weather page by viewing the videos from the winter weather special.

I’ll be updating my Facebook with more weather and road reports. Thanks for logging on and have a great day!

Meteorologist Megan Parry