Updated Wednesday 12:05 p.m.
I hope Mother Nature's interest charges aren't too high...
I was joking earlier this autumn that the calm start was going to mean a big bill when it comes time to "Pay the Piper" for putting off all the storms we're supposed to have had now.... you know, law of averages and everything. But now here we are yet again with a few more days of unexpected November sunshine. To say we're due for a stormy stretch is an understatement.
That "stormy stretch" bill is still not looking like it'll be collected anytime soon. Expect a sunny afternoon with highs in the low 50s.
Tonight will remain clear and chilly with lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s.
It's more of the same sunshine for Thursday and Friday with highs around 50 and lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Yawn...
Our next front arrives later in the day on Saturday for developing light rain with highs still around 50.
That front will keep light showers going on Sunday with maybe a Convergence Zone tossed in for good measure, but while neither the rain nor wind will be noteworthy, there are growing signs this storm will usher in a cooler pattern. Long range models suggest the jet stream will dip to our south, allowing colder air to filter in from the north.
Aside from cooler, the models haven't really settled on any kind of consistent solution on rain vs dry and when, but I know some of you have noticed a snowflake popping up on your phone weather apps on some of the days around Thanksgiving week.
First of all, deep breath. That was one model run that went for a rain/snow mix in the lowlands and has since backed off. Another model a couple of days ago had strong winds pegged to strike Tuesday, but has backed off on that too.
It DOES look like snow levels will at least get under pass level next week and any rainfall in the lowlands will be snow in the mountains. But highs in the lowlands still look to reach the mid-upper 40s with lows in the mid 30s -- a touch cooler than normal for late November, but typical winter stuff.
It's difficult to say which days look wet vs. dry yet because the models are very inconsistent, but just plan on an overall cool week with lowland rain showers and mountain snows at times. I know there will be a high interest in pass travel for Thanksgiving travels and Apple Cup so we'll be sure to keep everyone abreast of those forecasts once we get closer and they (hopefully) get more consistent.
In the meantime, we'll stay calm in the sunshine... and try not to think about our tab :)
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