Mountain snow slowly piles up, winds pick up.

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Mountain snow and gusty winds

Our snow scenario is playing out in some of the NRV and Highland locations generating some issues on area roads.  The persistent northwest flow of air is squeezing out snowfall on our west facing slopes and the NRV to the tune of a few inches.  The snow is slow to accumulate in the region due to the unfrozen ground so the grassy areas in the NRV are seeing some accumulation, but not much as of the early afternoon.  Wet roads are present and there may be a few patches of ice overnight on bridges and overpasses, but this event is not overly impressive.

The winds will increase and be noticeable most of the evening and overnight time frame. Gusts near 40 to 50 mph are possible in some of the higher elevated locations.  Blowing snow may impede your visibility on area roads so be alert for quick bursts of snow over area roads that may reduce your line of sight.  Winds should be present until at least the middle of the day Tuesday.

As for the snow, west facing slopes will continue to see snow into the night but as we approach dawn on Tuesday a good deal of dry air will be in place.  Spotty snow will accumulate in the NRV, but not much more than an inch or so on grassy areas.  The snow machine should turn off before sunrise then we are looking at a nice dry and cool week ahead.

High pressure moves in overhead and gives us a dry week.  Temperatures are likely to be hovering around the 50-degree mark through the next several days.  Looks like a quiet pattern to start the first week of our Meteorological Winter.

Stay Safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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