Mountain Area Forecast ( Jan 9-11 )
ALERT For Areas Of Dense Fog Overnight Into Tuesday Along With Localized Icy Patches On Some Roadways
Lingering low-level moisture trapped beneath an inversion will continue to produce abundant fog overnight into Tuesday, with areas of drizzle. While most temperatures will remain near to above freezing, a few valleys may remain near to below 32 F.
Radiational cooling by Tuesday Night into Wednesday AM will keep near saturated to saturated conditions at lower to middle elevations while drier air overspreads upper elevations, above 3000 feet.
An Alert For Mountain Wave Wind Gusts, And Strong General Winds At Upper Elevations, May Be Needed By Late Wednesday Into Thursday
Overnight Into Tuesday Morning
Low clouds with areas of dense fog. SW-W winds 5-15 mph with higher gusts on mid-upper elevation mountain ridges and plateaus. Temperatures widespread in the 30s. Wind chills in the 20s to lower 30s ( coolest highest elevations ).
Low clouds with areas of dense fog, especially at higher elevations. Light winds, except W-SSW at 5-10 mph along upper elevation mountain ridges. Chilly and damp with temperatures mainly in the lower-middle 40s.
Tuesday Night Into Wednesday Morning
Low clouds with areas of dense fog at lower-middle elevations. Becoming partly-mostly cloudy at upper elevations. Winds SSE-SSW 5-15 mph, with higher gusts, along mid-upper elevation mountain ridges. Temps in the 30s, except near steady or rising in the 40s along higher mountain ridges.
Wednesday Morning Through The Afternoon
Becoming partly-mostly sunny. Milder and gusty. SSE-S winds increasing to 10-20 mph with higher gusts. Temps varying from 40s to low 50s in upper elevations to the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.
Wednesday Night Into Thursday Morning
Partly-mostly cloudy. Windy. Unseasonably mild. SE-SSE winds 10-25 mph, with higher gusts, at elevations below 2700 feet. SE-SSE winds 20-30 mph, with higher gusts, along mountain ridges above 2700 feet. Temperatures widespread in the 40s to around 50 degrees.
The potential for major storm development, with rain to snow and an influx of bitterly cold air, is being monitored for the late week and weekend period ( January 12-14 ).