After seeing high temperatures in the 60s on Saturday plummet into the 40s on Sunday, one could sense the return of winter. Furthermore, the cold air didn’t budge with the kick-off of the work week, with today’s highs in the lower 40s. Tonight, we will cool down into the 20s, as we track light snow heading into our region…
The upper panel shows the model outlook for early in the morning (before dawn). This will be our first chance of snow, with a likely dusting to a coating expected. This will affect the morning commute, with slick road conditions. This initial snowfall will taper off into the afternoon.
The mid-afternoon will bring a brief drying period, and a higher sun angle (due to the season) will likely help to melt the initial sweep of snow. However, with a cold front passing through in the later afternoon and evening, a snow squall is expected to bring a fresh coating to our region (lower panel above). Periods of reduced visibilities will be possible with this snow squall, with gusty winds expected.
The above image shows vorticity during the evening time frame. You can see enhanced vorticity is expected in our region while the snow squall is expected to pass through. This will likely help to bring a more moderate snowfall to our region and also may lead to the production of thunder (something to keep an ear out for). This snowfall is expected to taper off by the late evening and will leave up to an inch at most in our area (with the higher elevations seeing a possible 3”).
Keep in mind, the two snow passes will affect both your morning and evening commute. The good news is that this winter trend won’t last too long, and by the end of the work week we will see seasonal temperatures return.
Have a good night!