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The Weather Roller Coaster Continues

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METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

This roller coaster ride continues all week! The start to 2013 was cold, but dry. We haven’t seen any measurable precipitation so far this year and our high temperatures for the first three days of the year were all in the 30s.  The cold snap was ended Friday when a warm front brought our highs to the low 50s. (A 16 degree climb from the day before.)

We dropped back down to 41° Saturday as it was once again dry and foggy, keeping the sun out for most of the day.

The first storm of the weekend moved in Saturday night. This brought in just a few scattered showers during the evening hours. Most of Sunday will be dry as we’re in between storms, but we’ll see another chance for rain Sunday night and from that point on the storms move in one after the other.

The showers will continue Monday and Tuesday, but as the jet stream heads north at the same time, our temperatures will climb back to the 50s.

The warm air won’t stay for long though, as the jet stream drops straight south, bringing in cold arctic air for Wednesday. By Wednesday night the freezing level looks like it will drop to at least 1,000 feet. At this same time, we’ll see the storms coming in back to back, bringing snow to the hills for the second half of the week.

It’s likely that the valley will see at least snow/rain mix Wednesday through Saturday, but this is all still about five days out, so stay tuned this week and we’ll keep you updated on the snow level and possibility for snow on the valley floor.

Have a rest of your weekend!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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