The winter weather chances are still in the forecast next week (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday), but the timing and the strength of that storm will continue to come into question. Latest model runs keep the heaviest precipitation out of the area. That is great news, but it only takes a little winter weather to create dangerous road conditions.
The jet stream…that river of flowing air over 25,000 feet in the atmosphere. It’s always important to know what the jet stream is doing when we are forecasting the weather. A trough (a dip in the jet stream) will develop over the western third of the nation and this trough will be over us early next week. This weather set-up will give us a chance of winter weather…here is the very latest.
SUNDAY JET STREAM FORECAST
Notice the trough digging down over the Gulf of California. This indicates cold air moving all the way down into the 4 corners region.
TUESDAY JET STREAM
Keep an eye on the movement of the trough…it should be over Texas and Oklahoma by Tuesday. Now that we will have the cold air moving into the area…what are we looking at as far as precipitation chances.
PRECIPITATION FORECAST (SUNDAY AFTERNOON)
That digging trough will bring some rain (and snow in the high elevations) into the Southwest.
PRECIPITATION FORECAST (TUESDAY MORNING)
PRECIPITATION FORECAST (TUESDAY AFTERNOON)
According to these forecasts the heaviest precipitation will just miss us, but we still have a chance for getting some winter weather. Now the next question…what kind of winter weather will we get?
Here are the very latest precipitation type forecasts and these are what the colors stand for: Green-Rain, Blue-Snow, Yellow-Freezing Rain and Red-Ice Pellets.
PRECIPITATION TYPE FORECAST (MONDAY AFTERNOON)
PRECIPITATION TYPE FORECAST (TUESDAY MORNING)
PRECIPITATION TYPE FORECAST (TUESDAY AFTERNOON)
PRECIPITATION TYPE FORECAST (WEDNESDAY MORNING)