Minor Snow Possible Thursday with Temperature Plunge

Posted on: 4:07 pm, December 31, 2013, by

The slight warming trend will continue on Wednesday with temperatures near average, but we won’t bask in the seasonably mild conditions for long. That less-chilly southeast breeze you’ll feel tomorrow will be the result of another approaching storm system, which is set to drag more arctic air into the area while giving us another shot at showers and another round of snow.

Rain chances increase after midnight Wednesday night while the colder air moves closer to the Valley. Our temperatures will likely begin dropping early Thursday, pushing the rain east, but before all the precipitation exits, we may see a period of snow develop Thursday morning into the afternoon. Minor accumulations are possible, especially in the high terrain areas, but don’t get too excited if you’re looking to make a snowman. Odds of getting more than an inch in most locations aren’t very high.

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Odds of receiving an inch of snow or more in a given location on Thursday.

With only minor accumulations expected and a strong north wind to help dry things out, widespread impacts to travel are not expected with this system. However, we will keep our eyes and ears out for any slick roads developing as the temperatures drop, especially if a few of our communities get enough snow to create some slushy conditions.  It’s also important to remember that there is always uncertainty with these winter-time systems, and it doesn’t take much deviation from the forecast of one or two variables for unanticipated problems to arise. So, stay tuned for updates as new data comes available.

-Brandon