Well, it’s taken almost all winter, but we do have a pretty impressive winter storm lined up to arrive late Wednesday (in the mountains) and sticking around in the form of several waves through Saturday.  For Wednesday, temperatures will climb into the mid-40s ahead of the cold front, and by late in the day the mountains could start to see some snowfall. Winds will be pretty high ahead of the front, gusting Thursday to as high as 50 mph in the valley.

Snow levels will start out at or a little above the valley floors Thursday, and with the wind I would expect to see a fair amount of rain shadowing Early Thursday. As the wind eases, cold air will move into the region turning precipitation to snow at all elevations, and travel over the mountains will be challenging from Thursday through Saturday.

Total snow amounts in the valley will likely range from an inch or two on the low end to a half a foot or more, especially in the western foothills. This will be spread over a few days (Thu-Sat). The3 mountains could see anything from a foot to 5 feet over the same time period.