High Elevation Snow & High Winds Sunday, Colder Air & Snow Sunday Night

Category: Weather
Sunday:

A final storm of the stormy 2 week period is moving in this morning. Snow levels are starting out around 7,500 feet early this morning but should lower to around 7,000 feet as heavier precipitation moves in later this morning. Ridgetop winds are gusting to 70-80 mph and should increase through the day reaching 100+ mph this afternoon. So for the day today expecting wet and windy conditions, with wet snow falling above 7,000 feet.

The cold front moves through later this afternoon and evening. That will bring heavy precipitation and falling snow levels.  Snow levels could fall to the base around 4-5 PM. We will have to watch as the timing on that could change depending on the speed of the cold air or heavy precipitation dragging down snow levels. Then snow showers are expected behind the front all night, moving out Monday morning.

Snowfall amounts at the base below 7k will be tricky depending on the snow levels. Right now assuming snow starts around 5 PM we could see 5-10 inches at the base by Monday morning. Just above the base up to 7,000 feet we could see 10-18 inches. On the mountain above 7,000 feet, we could see 18-26 inches. Up to half of that could fall tonight when the snow ratios are higher and the snow is more powdery.

MLK Day:

For Monday we should see clearing skies but cold with highs only in the 20's on the mountain. Winds could still be gusting 40-50 mph on the upper mountain so it will be a cold day.

Long-Range:

We are expecting the dry pattern starting Monday to continue at least through the last week of January as high pressure builds in off the West Coast blocking storms. Temperatures should warm into the 30's on Tuesday and then the 40's later in the week.

Watching the 1st week of February for a pattern change that could bring a return of storms.

BA