Jan 22, 2016 11:04 AM by Cort Klopping
Heavy precipitation, and strong South winds are ahead for the north state for your Friday and Saturday forecast. Rain returned to the region last night, and has spread across most of the area over night. Snow levels are starting out at or above 6000 feet this morning, but are projected to dip to around 4000' by Saturday morning. There could be a lull in the showers towards the middle of the day, but conditions will become much stronger tonight. Winds have also become much stronger since yesterday, with the peak gusts of 38mph recorded this morning. Even stronger winds are expected to arrive late today. Temperatures are starting out in the low to mid 50's in the valley, and in the mid 30's to mid 40's in the mountains. High temperatures are only expected to be in the mid to high 50's in the valley, and in the low 40's to low 50's in the higher elevations. Sustained winds will be between 15 to 25mph out of the South today.
A second low pressure area will approach the region this afternoon, and will merge with the current system that has been impacting the region early this morning. Much stronger precipitation with lower snow levels are expected tonight. Winds gusts to 50mph will be possible tonight through early tomorrow. The potential for thunderstorms, and even a slight chance of a funnel cloud developing are in your forecast for Saturday. Some of the biggest impacts over the next 48 hours will be slick roadways, possible flooding, and power outages from strong winds impacting power lines.
The wet and windy weather will then taper off on Saturday night, and leave the region with mostly dry, and warming conditions through the middle of next week. I hope everyone stays safe in the wet and windy weather, and has a fantastic Friday!