A cold front is knocking on our doorstep today and will start to bring showers to the coast this morning turning to rain and windy conditions this afternoon and move inland. The windiest locations today will be along the ridges and the east side of the Cascades, as of now the forecasted winds are not expected to reach advisory criteria. The last several strong storms to impact the region were brought in by the pineapple express which is a sub-tropical air mass, so snow levels remained high. This week we’re going to be hit by more traditional storms that were used to this time of the year and are all due to cold fronts, so that means colder temperatures and lower snow levels.
Snow levels are going to plummet tonight from around 5,500 feet to 3,000 feet and locally down to 2,500 feet. Rain will start the day but quickly turn to snow tonight and we could see 2-6 inches of snow in the mountains and 1-2 inches east of the Cascades. Most areas in the basin will see more of a dusting of snow with maybe an inch of accumulation, but local areas could get up to two inches.
This morning the higher elevations as well as areas of the basin dealt with icy roads, ground fog and freezing fog. The rest of this week has the potential for areas to deal with more winter weather driving conditions. Be sure to check road conditions before heading out and carry chains or snow tires, and remember you can dial 511 for current road conditions as well.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry