Pinpoint Weather: Dense fog develops tonight, mountain snow returns Saturday

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A good burst of snow will arrive in the mountains as we move forward into the weekend. The rest of the viewing area will be looking at some spotty snow showers on Saturday along with a brisk wind from the northwest.  The mountains will effective absorb all the snowfall and leave little for the rest of us, so if you do wish to see some snowfall, head west. Otherwise, prepare for some inconvenient and tricky travel conditions. There will be slick roads and patch ice over the weekend so be sure to stay alert for slick spots, especially at night.

Patchy Dense Fog has developed along the 77 and 58 corridors as cooler air is riding over-top our warm ground and fog is being generated. Also there may be some pockets of Freezing Fog as the temps dip into the sub-freezing zone in the areas with fog. Double dip of trouble as we get low visibility and slick roads due to the icy glaze. Be careful this weekend, a few problems weather-wise have developed.

Saturday looks to be a day that is typical for our region in the winter, west facing slopes get snow while others keep an eye out. The potential for a snow burst to slip through the mountain is there but not likely.  Cold and breezy weather will define the weekend and into the MLK Jr. Holiday. Not a lot of sunshine over the weekend, but for most, not a lot of rain or snow either.

Sunday will see little change meteorologically as the pattern of mountain snow and breezy conditions remains. Highs each day of the weekend will be in the low to middle 40s as overnight lows dip a few degrees below freezing. 

Monday should be similar to the earlier weekend days with temps in the 40s, breezy NW wind and mountain snow.  By the end of the weekend the amount of snow on the mountain will still not be all that impressive and the slow and steady nature of the deposits will be well received. 

Tuesday shows some signs of a warm up, but not much. There is still a good chance for some west slope snow, but again, a dry pattern east. The next big widespread rain/snow event is not slated to arrive until the end of the week. 

In the meantime, prepare to deal with some typical January weather. Watch the streets for slick spots and if you are traveling west, keep an eye out for brief rounds of snow showers.

Stay safe

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist 

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