Today will be a quiet one with mainly clear skies, Rather cold temps, and breezy but not extreme winds. Expect highs in the single digits above or below zero in the northern mountains and 10’s in the south. Winds will make it feel even colder and expect subzero wind chills all around for the duration of the day today.
Tomorrow will start out very cold. Low temps will be in the single digits below 0 right at the immediate coast and will drop into the 10’s below 0 only a few miles inland. 20 below 0 readings are likely to make an appearance in the mountains. Winds should be lighter at this time so wind chills will not be as much of an issue. Clouds will be on the increase tomorrow and light snow should begin in the early afternoon.
Snow increases in intensity tomorrow all around with bands of 1-3″ per hour likely by sundown. Winds will begin to crank as well when the storm begins to bomb out tomorrow night. The very strong winds will cause two problems, first lots of blowing snow. Remember, we have a 24-36″+ snowpack already in place. This means that many of the shrubs and grasses that usually stop the blowing snow in its tracks are now buried thus increasing the blowing snow potential significantly.
The other problem the wind creates is wind chill. Temps will be very cold during the storm – between 0 and 10 degrees – so add some 40-50 MPH+ wind gusts and you get really cold wind chills. Should you decide you need to go out Sunday (not advised) beware dangerous cold will be present. The good news is that the cold brings light and fluffy snow which is easier to shovel.
I’ll have a full update on the storm tomorrow.