Not expecting much change in the pattern today and tonight as the winds will be forcing snow to develop on west facing slopes. The snow may travel as far east as Interstate 81 from time to time, but for the most part the wintry precipitation will be confined to the Highlands and portions of the NRV. The sunshine was helpful in increasing the snowfall at times which means the snow showers will be less intense once the sun sets. Overnight I expect to see the winds to be from the west at around 10 – 15 mph and gusts near 30 tonight so wind chill values will be in the teens and possibly single digits, especially in the higher elevations.
The snow machine will linger in the mountains until at least Wednesday while most locations remain dry. The flow of air from the west and a bit from the north will be the reason for the snow. The classic winter pattern here in our viewing area…snow showers in the mountains and brisk and chilly conditions east. The snow that gets squeezed out of the clouds also keeps the air dry in the east, so dry and breezy weather is slated for most of the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Look for highs to be in the upper 40s to low 50s this week with little chance for rain. There is a hint of some rain and a bit of a wintry mix to enter the region on Thursday, but for now only one model is on board with that so I will conservatively go with variably cloudy skies and mild on Thursday.
The weekend looks to be dry and near normal with highs in the middle to upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Currently the next round of rain widespread rain is not slated to arrive until after the weekend, but that is of course a long way off meteorologically speaking and subject to change.