Mountain Weather 12/16/2016

Date: 12/16/2016

We will see the snow continue to fall and temperatures remain above normal until an abrupt cold front this evening (9-10pm) spikes snowfall rates to what some models are showing 4 inches/hour for a short period of time. This cold front will usher in colder arctic air, turn the powerful upper level winds to the northwest with gusts into the 40-50mph range, and intensify snowfall into the night. Tomorrow morning, look for snowfall to wane, as dry, arctic air invades, but looks possible the Elk Mountain spine holds onto orographic and cold air advection generated snow a little longer than lower elevations.