Snow showers will arrive after sunset tonight and drop snowfall amounts ranging from 3-4” in the Mountain Empire and a general 1-3” most other locations.
The storm will be a very fast-moving event but will have some significant snow to place over the region. The speed of the snowstorm will keep the accumulation totals down, but visibility in the snow bursts will be very dangerous.
Travel overnight is not recommended if it can be avoided. The winds will be a factor as well so blowing and drifting snow will also reduce visibility once the snow actually stops falling so the morning commute, although free from falling snow, will be hampered by blowing snow. Allow extra time to get to your destination in the morning.
Thursday will be a windy and cold day with a good deal of sunshine by the middle of the afternoon. Highs will only be in the 30s and low 40s but factoring in the winds and we will have a feels-like temperature range in the 20s and teens. Clear skies overnight into Friday will allow temperatures to drop quickly into the teens most locations and single digits in the high country.
Friday will be cold and brisk as well as the day will start out cold and have a tough time warming up. There will be a breeze but not as brisk as Thursday so the feels-like temps will be more in line with the actual temps, which will be in the 30s and low 40s again.
Saturday starts out sunny and chilly then transitions into a cloudy pattern by the end of the afternoon. This is all out ahead of another round of snow and rain that is slated for Sunday morning. This will be a mix of snow first then some freezing rain then possibly some more rain and snow. The Sunday event will be much more paralyzing to the region as it will bring a steady flow of snow, ice and mix through Monday.
There is still a lot of weather between now and Sunday, with a winter storm tonight so as we get closer to the Sunday snow storm we will have a better handle on the totals and the timing. For now I do believe that Sundays snow and freezing rain mix will be a problem for many.
Here is a reminder of what you may want to keep in your car over the next day or so.