A warmish and windy storm will blow through the region Thursday and Friday. Valley winds could gust to 50 mph or more through Thursday, and the winds on the top of the mountains could reach triple digits as well. The precipitation from this storm will stay mostly in the mountains due to a strong rain shadow effect, but some spillover is possible, mainly on the west side of the valley.

Snow levels will be quite high, and are likely to stay at the 8,000’ level through Thursday before lowering to about the tops of the major passes by early Friday morning. Rain amounts in the mountains could be fairly significant, especially on the west side of the crest, but flooding isn’t likely at this point.

Once the weekend arrives, the skies should clear out. Saturday should have sunshine with valley highs in the upper 50s. Another storm approaches at the end of the weekend, bringing some clouds and gusty winds back into the picture with a slight chance of Monday showers. By Tuesday high temperatures will drop back to the lower 50s.

 

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