Instant winter to blow into town

The city’s long vacation from snow is over. A record 290 days have elapsed since the city’s last bout of measurable snow, 0.3 inches on March 4, but that streak should end this evening as rain transitions to heavy wet snow as strong northwest winds send temperatures crashing to below freezing. Thursday will start mild with highs peaking in the middle and upper 40s as waves of rain and thunderstorms deliver the city’s heaviest rain since July with totals expected to exceed one inch. By late afternoon as intense low pressure passes just south of the city, powerful northwest winds with gusts as high as 50-60 mph will drive cold air into the city quickly changing the rain to snow. The wind-driven snow will continue through the evening gradually ending overnight, but not before despositing 3-6 inches across the area, the heaviest west and north of the city.

 

Cold then more snow

Seasonably cold weather will prevail through the Christmas holiday with the latest suite of computer forecasts pointing to another snowstorm that could affect the area the day after Christmas.

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