A fast moving winter storm leave a little snow in the valley with a decent dusting up in the mountains. High winds will limit valley snow thanks to the shadow effect, but the mountains will likely get anywhere from an inch or so at the lake itself to as much as 6” along the crests. Travel Over the passes could be difficult through midday Wednesday, with strong winds combining with occasional heavy snow to create whiteout conditions. The front passes through fairly quickly with clearing skies by Wednesday afternoon. It will leave behind a cold airmass, and we can expect Thursday’s high to barely get above the freezing mark. The rest of the week will be cold with highs varying between the mid-30s and low 40s and overnight lows that should drop as low as the single digits in some areas.
Christmas day will start out cold, but an approaching cold front could warm it up back into the 40s, and another storm system coming in Christmas night could bring another chance for some rain to snow by Tuesday.