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Feet of snow expected along parts of the Sierra Nevads through next week

Despite our weekend cool-down, we won’t be seeing any wintry weather like this.

A prolonged snow event will dump feet of snow on parts of the Sierra Nevada through next week
A prolonged snow event will dump feet of snow on parts of the Sierra Nevada through next week

ROANOKE, Va. – The official end to winter is less than a week away now, but it’s like we’ve hardly had any winter at all. Despite a weekend cool-down, any chance for snow through Sunday morning will be well north of I-64.

Snow lovers strike out once again, unless you want to go to the Sierra Nevada through next week. It’s not uncommon to see big snows, especially with peaks that reach higher than 10,000 feet above sea level in spots.

A closed area of low pressure will move very slowly toward the West Coast, directing a lot of moisture up the tall mountains of California, Oregon and Washington. This kind of lift in the atmosphere is conducive to a big and prolonged snow in those higher elevations.

An area of low pressure thousands of feet above us will help dump snow on the higher elevations of the West Coast
An area of low pressure thousands of feet above us will help dump snow on the higher elevations of the West Coast

The Sierra Nevada and Cascades won’t be the only ones to see a winter wonderland. Energy ejecting from this storm system will ride into some very cold air, allowing more snow to develop in parts of the Rockies and parts of the Northern Plains.

Most wintry weather remains in the Rockies, Cascades and Sierra Nevada
Most wintry weather remains in the Rockies, Cascades and Sierra Nevada

Meanwhile, the eastern half of the U.S. will remain south of the jet stream. This puts us in a favorable position for warmer air (highs in the 60s later next week).

The jet stream farther north of us will allow things to warm up here
The jet stream farther north of us will allow things to warm up here

Energy that rides along the jet stream into the warmer air, however, could give us a few opportunities for some rain.


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