We’re tracking a system for tomorrow evening that until recently has looked like predominantly a rain event for the state. However, in the last few model cycles, we have begun to see guidance trend this system a bit cooler, resulting in some wintry impacts to the state. This will be shorter than our usual discussions due to time constraints on my end, but please ask us any questions you have and we’ll get back to you ASAP!
Here’s a look at the system on the high-res NAM. At first, we see light snow across the entire state, but warming temps in the boundary layer flip most over to rain as the heavier rates arrive. The exception is the NW hills, where elevation and latitude hold on just enough for a mostly if not all snow event there, and it is there where we could see plowable amounts.
Here’s that forecast in map form.
We’re also watching the possibility for some intense snow squalls on Wednesday afternoon with the passage of the cold front. While not likely to produce significant accumulations, these critters can pack a punch, and create near whiteout conditions for a short period of time. We’ll talk more about these tomorrow should the potential still remain, but keep in mind that travel may temporarily become difficult then.
Finally, the big headline behind this storm is the cold that’s coming in. Projected highs for Thursday look to be only in the upper single digits to mid teens, and overnight lows should drop below zero for much of the state on Wednesday night. Well below normal temps stick around through at least the middle of the weekend. More to come on this in a full update tomorrow!
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