After a week of tranquil and mild weather along the West Coast, a strong cold front is starting to invade. Much colder air will be pouring down the coast from the North and will be associated with light snowfall for the mountains.
The first cold front came into the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday bringing several inches of snow to the Cascades. Right on its heels is a stronger cold front that will drive all the way down the West Coast on Thursday. We will see several inches of snow from the Cascades down through the Sierra.
The snow showers could linger into Friday for the Sierra before the storm clears out. Cold air will be around through the weekend as the ridge begins to build back in off the West Coast. We will see a break in the storms into the beginning of next week.
The break may be short lived as the next storm will be approaching the Pacific Northwest by next Wednesday and we hopefully look ahead to a more active pattern for the second half of February.
Bryan Allegretto is a Weather Forecaster for OpenSnow.com.