High winds will remain in the region through Thursday (a High Wind Warning is in effect until 4 pm Thursday afternoon), and we can expect to see a very wet atmospheric river come through the region late Thursday as well. The snow levels will be quite high with this system, starting out above 8,000’ Thursday morning but then lowering to 7,000’ Thursday night and then all the way to the valley floors by Friday mid-day. The heavy mountain precipitation has kicked off a Winter Storm for the mountains above 7,000’ from Thursday morning through early Friday morning. In addition to all that, a Flood Watch is in effect throughout the region from Thursday morning through late Thursday night.

While we may see some snow Friday, the big change as we head into the weekend is to see much colder temperatures. After a high in the low 60s Thursday, highs will drop into the upper 30s Friday, and will struggle to get above the freezing mark through the weekend. Overnight lows will drop to the teens and possibly even single digits in the cold outlying locations over the weekend.