Today will start out bitter cold and it looks to stay on the cold side into the afternoon with highs only reaching the middle 30s in most locations. Even with plenty of sunshine, we still won’t get enough solar energy to warm us up enough to melt a good deal of the snow.
That being said, we still could see some snowmelt so a few pockets of black ice on some secondary roads tonight into Sunday.
Clouds will start to arrive on Saturday night after midnight and the temps will dip below freezing again into Sunday morning.
But there will be a big change in the pattern Sunday as warmer air arrives from the south and southeast. That milder air will be in place just in time to catch another batch of moisture arriving from the west. The warmer pattern will result in rain Sunday, not snow.
There is a bit of freezing rain expected ahead of the rain in the mountains, then there is a bit of snow expected on the back end of the rain as it exits late in the evening. Highs Sunday will be into the low 50s or upper 40s, well above freezing so rain is the call for most spots. The NRV and Highlands look to be the only spots that will have to deal with transitions on the front end and the back.
Monday through at least the middle of the new work week will be quiet and chilly. I expect to see plenty of clear skies and wintry temperatures. With the advent of the much colder air behind the rain, we may see some widespread black ice on Monday morning.