A vigorous series of storm systems will keep our winds blowing and our skies unsettled through the weekend. A High Wind Warning will be in effect from Late Thursday night through Friday at 5 pm, although the strongest winds will likely blow early Friday morning, when valley gusts could exceed 70 mph in the wind prone areas. A band of rain (snow levels will be at or above 9,000’ through Friday) will move through the region early Friday, bringing a possibility of heavy rain in the mountains, and at least an even chance of valley rain as well, although the strong winds will create a significant rain shadow, and the west side of the valley will have a better chance of getting rain than points east. High temperatures will drop to the upper 60s on Friday.

As we go through the weekend, winds and rain should ease up a bit on Saturday before another system comes through late Saturday through Sunday. Temperatures fall to the low 60s and upper 50s by Monday, and snow levels will likely fall below the mountain passes by Sunday afternoon.

Conditions clear by Tuesday and temperatures will rebound to the 70s by Thursday.