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A strong cold front will move across the area today. There will be areas of strong wind, and rain changing to snow. Some locations across the west could receive over 10 inches of new snow. The lower elevations of the west will receive a rain/snow mix, likely changing to all snow today with 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation possible...mainly on vegitation and elevated surfaces as the recent warm temperatures will likely prevent snow from accumulating on the roads and sidewalks. However...due to the dynamic nature of this storm there could be some lower elevation areas that receive enough snow to create slushy roads.
There will also be strong winds associated with the front, especially across the central and southern portions of the state east of the divide. Expect sustained 25 to 40 mph winds...with higher gusts. While widespread damage is not expected, the strong winds could make travel difficult and could blow around light objects left out in the wind. The temperatures east of the divide will also turn sharply cooler, which may cause damage to newly budding plants.
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Please monitor the weather this weekend to stay on top of this rapidly developing storm.
The above animation shows the movement of the cold front through the area today. The image shows the temperatures at about 5000ft above the surface, and the blue wind barbs show the expected wind speeds and direction at the same level.
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This image shows the expected low temperatures tonight/Saturday morning. These lows may change depending upon cloud cover and snowpack.
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