A slick start for coastal areas Wednesday; a touch of bitter cold before rain Saturday
Snow departs the region by mid morning
The slow moving frontal boundary bringing snow to coastal areas departs by around 9-10 AM. Clouds will depart along with it, with most areas seeing mainly sunny conditions in the afternoon. It will be back to reality with the thermometer as high temperatures range from teens in The County to around 32° over southern areas.
Snow showers arrive in the western mountains around sunset or soon thereafter, and will continue into Wednesday night as an arctic high moves in.
A bitter cold start to Thursday
While the actual temperature stays above zero for most areas, it may not feel that way Thursday morning. The western mountains and north feel the brunt of the cold with wind chill values below zero, with single digits and teens elsewhere.
It will be a mostly sunny day, but crisp, with highs in the teens north to around 30° along the southwest coast. The northwest breeze diminishes as the day progresses.
Another rain event for the weekend
The arctic high quickly moves east Thursday night, A strong ridge works in from the southwest and brings temperatures up 10-15° warmer fo Friday. Precipitation surges northeast Friday night. Interior areas may see a brief period of snow, sleet and/or freezing rain overnight before the change to all rain Saturday morning. After a washout day, colder air returns behind the storm on Sunday, bringing snow shower activity over the mountains and north, with gusty wind.
With the area receiving more rain on top of what recently fell, there is concern for some rivers in the mountains reaching flood stage with more snow melt Saturday into early Sunday.
While winter lovers may be depressed over the loss of the snowpack, the pattern is very likely to change starting Monday night into Tuesday with what appears to be a widespread snowfall. Most, if not all areas are likely to have a white Christmas.
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