The last storm from the trough that has brought us wet weather since last week will be moving through the region today. The heaviest rain and snow will fall this morning then lighten up through the day and become more scattered. By the afternoon most areas will be dry and by tonight we all will. Winds will start to ease as well as we head into the early afternoon but through the morning we could see gusts up to 45 mph at the ridges and east side. Strong winds and snow mean that if you’re going over the passes today there will be hazardous winter weather travel conditions at times with reduced visibility due to blowing snow and snow and ice covered roads. We could see isolated events of near white-out conditions at times, so take extra precautions.
This afternoon we’ll start to dry out and that will be the trend through the rest of the week as high pressure builds back in creating a valley inversion. This means we’ll see the return of valley fog and afternoon sunshine for the areas that see the fog clear, but we’ll also have to keep our eye on air quality as it may begin to worsen as we head into the weekend. This high pressure doesn’t look to linger as long as the previous ones which means air quality may not get as bad as it did last week.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry