From cold to warmer than normal!
After a very chilly New Year’s with highs in the 20’s, we’re now about to get warmer than normal. Why? Because a change in the pattern is on the way and it includes valley showers and mountain snow. We need it and it is on the way by the end of the weekend.
Thursday will be the last day with colder than normal temperatures. We’ll see a mixture of sun and clouds with highs in the low to mid 30’s. By Friday, a low pressure center will build off the coast of Oregon. The counter-clockwise flow around that low will put us in a southwest flow. This will pull in milder air from Nevada and California. The result will be temperatures warming to near 40 degrees.
It gets even warmer by Saturday and Sunday as highs warm into the mid 40’s. That will be about 10 degrees above normal. This will be the result of the low moving closer to Idaho. Look for increasing clouds Saturday with a good chance of rain or snow showers Sunday along with mountain snow.
Beyond the weekend, the models are pointing to a return of a more active pattern with occasional showers through the middle of next week. Each one of these bands of moisture will keep the mild temperatures in place as the moisture will arrive from the Central Pacific.
The snow levels will be tricky next week due to the mild flow, but, we should still manage to put some snow at many of our ski resorts. Stay tuned.