Action in the West continues and the forecast is calling for a ramp up in the Sierra and the Rockies through Wednesday. Also keep an eye on the Great Lakes/Midwest this week. RC


Unsettled weather continues across the West this week as a series of events will keep the chance of rain/mountain snow in the forecast. The next round of action begins to impact the West Coast today with rain hitting the Northern California, Oregon, and Washington Coasts by afternoon. Snow levels will begin to drop as the evening progresses with heavy snow possible in the Sierra Nevada and Wasatch Mountains; winter storm watches are in effect for these ranges. Rain and snow will pick up in the Rockies tomorrow and continues into Wednesday. The Pacific Northwest continues to stay wet all the way into the weekend. Highs today will range from the 30s and 40s in the Mountain West to around 90 in the Lower Colorado River Valley.


Warmer temperatures in the forecast for the week ahead. Action over the Great Lakes will bring a chance of showers to the interior Northeast today and tonight. Chance of rain and wind in the Mid-Atlantic tomorrow that should slowly move up the coast Wednesday and Thursday before heading out to sea due to the threat of a much stronger system that will develop in the Plains. That Plains system will bring a chance of rain and cooler temperatures to the region late in the week and into the weekend. Highs today look to be warmer than yesterday, ranging from the mid 40s in northern Maine to the mid 70s in western West Virginia.


Most of the Midwest will be warm and dry today, with a few showers near the central Great Lakes. A more significant chance of rain will develop across the region midweek as a storm system will take shape in the High Plains tomorrow. Showers over the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley tomorrow, with storms stretching down to the Central Plains on Wednesday. In the cold air behind the system, snow is possible in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest late week. Highs today will be warm for this time of year, ranging from near 60 around Lake Superior to the upper 70s in the Central Plains, Mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys.


Bormio in Italy is listed as open, a full month ahead of schedule with over two feet of new powder reported at the top of the mountain.