WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY

WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE MOUNTAINS

PERIODS OF SNOW, WINTRY MIX, AND RAIN TODAY

COLD & BREEZY WITH SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS THROUGH WEDNESDAY

ACCUMULATIONS VARY AREA-WIDE (HEAVIEST MOUNTAINS)

LOW WIND CHILLS TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

This Afternoon: Periods of snow, rain, or wintry mix. Thunder possible. Some breaks in the clouds. Becoming breezy. Highs 37-43. Northwest wind 5-20 mph.

Tonight: Cold and windy at times. Snow showers likely. Lows 20-26. West wind 5-20 mph.

Tuesday: Cold and windy with snow showers likely. Highs 25-31. Northwest wind 10-30 mph.

Tuesday Night: Snow showers, especially on northwest-facing slopes.  Cold and windy with low wind chills.  Lows 14-20.  Northwest wind 10-25 mph.

Wednesday: Cold and windy with scattered snow showers.  Highs 18-25.  Northwest wind 10-25 mph.

Wednesday Night: Sky gradually clearing.  Frigid.  Low wind chills, especially in the mountains.  Lows 3-10.  North wind 5-20 mph.

WEATHER SUMMARY:

A cold front is moving through the region, with colder air sliding in.  We'll see some scattered rain showers or snow showers with some higher elevations seeing mainly snow this afternoon.  By later in the afternoon and this evening, however, colder air starts to work back in and change any scattered precipitation to snow.  A rumble of thunder is possible today!  And bursts of snow (or snow squalls) are expected to be scattered around, leaving a quick accumulation in spots, with others nearby not seeing as much.  Be alert for changing weather conditions today.

As the winds turn out of the northwest, we expect snow showers Monday evening through Wednesday.  Snow showers will be most persistent in the mountains with on and off snow in the valleys.  Accumulations between Monday and Wednesday will be 1-4" in the valleys (possibly 5" in spots) and 4-8" in the mountains (possibly 8-12" up top).  Be weather aware now through Wednesday.  Keep in mind that it won't be snowing at all times where you are.  Just because the weather in your area is quiet at any given moment, doesn't mean that the forecast is wrong!

One thing is very certain, and that is the cold air and stiff breeze we’ll feel through Wednesday and even Thursday.  Highs on Wednesday and Thursday likely won't get out of the 20s!  Wind chill values will get very low, especially during the mornings from Tuesday through Thursday.  The higher elevations will see "feels like temperatures" below zero at times.

We stay frigid into the weekend, with the potential for more snow showers Friday and early Saturday.

Temperature Outlook: Highs near 40 Monday, 20s Tuesday through Thursday, 30s Friday, and 20s Saturday and Sunday.  Lows in the teens and 20s all week (single digits at times).

Our average high is 48°, low 27°.

Meteorologists Dave Dierks and Chris Michaels