The scoop on Sunday's snow

Update #427b

Hello there! I hope your 2021 is off to a smashing start.

The year is off to the races, weather wise. More winter weather is hot on the heels of last night’s icy mix.

The next batch will come in the form of wet snow, steadiest later in the day and into the night on Sunday.

Near freezing ground temperatures will be marginal for snow at the start and the atmospheric profile suggests we might even experience a mix when precipitation commences.

Coastal low pressure is expected to strengthen throughout Sunday, which will probably coincide with an increase in precipitation coverage and intensity by Sunday evening.

What? Wet snow, steadiest on Sunday evening into the overnight.

When? Patchy light wintry precipitation is possible before noon, but the bulk of the activity is expected to arrive between noon-3:00 pm Sunday. The steadiest snow will probably fall during the evening hours.

How much? Right now, there’s a high chance for more than an inch and a medium chance for more than 3 inches. The most likely range at this point is 2-4 inches.

Impacts? Road conditions during the day Sunday might be mainly wet but could become snow-covered and slick by evening, continuing overnight. Broadly speaking, areas along and north of I-84 can expect more snow and therefore more impacts. Marginal temperatures further south may allow for some mixed precipitation and hold things back a bit.

If you’ve got things to do on Sunday, my recommendation would be to try and get them done earlier in the day.

Tomorrow’s update will provide updated information as well as commentary around if and how the snow might impact school activities on Monday morning.

Before I let you go, here’s a little something to hopefully brighten your day. It’s a drone shot from my favorite beach here in New Zealand, called Te Arai.


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