The strong winds will slowly abate Thursday, but the strong cold front responsible will bring snow to the valley floors and leave behind a foot or more of snow in the mountaintops. A mountain Winter Storm Warning is in effect until noon Thursday after which snow will decrease to showers. In the valley, accumulations could be limited due to the ground being so warm the past several days, but some foothill accumulations are possible above 5,000’. The strong winds of Wednesday will ease somewhat, but will still be brisk, in the 15-25 mph range.
As we head into the weekend, one more storm front will try to push through Friday afternoon, but while the mountains could see some minor accumulations (and travelers should be ready for some sloppy roads), the valleys should be shadowed out from most if not all the rain or snow.
So much attention has been given to the El Niño this winter that another very significant ocean temperature profile has been largely ignored… “The Blob.” And while El Niño has probably peaked, it is still a significant presence in the equatorial Pacific. But “The Blob” appears to have reached its end. I’ll explain more tomorrow.