CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JUSTIN STAPLETON’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
Today truly is the calm before the storm as we spent the rest of Monday under mostly sunny skies, highs in the low 50s and winds are quiet. However, offshore a late-winter storm is roaring towards us to give the last few days of winter a real winter-like punch. Tonight, lows will slowly fall off into the upper to mid 30s where clear skies will give way to some early valley fog on Tuesday.
Winds will increase throughout the day Tuesday as the storm approaches. High wind Watches are already up along the south coast. Overall, coastal spots will see gusts topping 50-60 mph at times into late Tuesday night. Some light showers break out late afternoon and turn into straight rain late Tuesday night into most of Wednesday. The valley will also see some heavy rain at times as well as strong wind gusts of 30-40 mph early on Wednesday.
Along with the wind and rain, the mountains will get plenty of snow at the Passes and above: 6-12″ by Thursday morning. Snow levels also fall quickly Wednesday down to between 1500-2000 feet with those elevations seeing 1-3″ of snow. Either way, it’ll be a sharp return to winter-like conditions in elevated regions, if you’re traveling over the Passes, be ready for winter driving conditions.
Thursday and Friday will slowly back off the showers and snow and slowly return highs back into the mid to upper 50s and some sun breaks. There’s a chance to bring in more rain for Spring’s first weekend but a lot of questions regarding timing and strength so let’s get through tomorrow’s storm and then we’ll start pinpointing for the weekend.
Have a great Tuesday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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