After the mild winter we just went through, today felt pretty darn chilly! Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s are about 10-15 degrees below normal. Add in a few hit-or-miss showers -- even containing snow and sleet -- and it’s been a good one to hang out inside. If you’re not a fan of this wintry blast, fear not, it won’t last too long.
Through Tonight: Any isolated sprinkles or showers, mixed with snow/sleet or graupel in spots, diminish as we lose the sun’s “heat” heading into evening. Otherwise, winds calm a bit, but they don’t die off completely, blowing around 5-10 mph. With any luck that’ll help keep temperatures up a bit, with lows mainly from the mid-30s to near 40. We’ve still got some slight freeze concerns well to the north and west of the city (mainly out of our area), but we should stay warm enough to mitigate concerns for plants.
Tomorrow (Thursday): As an upper-level low pressure pulls off to the northeast, we should see sunnier times and at least slightly milder -- though still below average -- temperatures. Plan on partly to mostly clear skies, but with cold air aloft, we might end up with periods of cloudier conditions. Highs rise to the upper 50s or near 60 as a northwest wind blows around 10-15 mph.
Snow: While today’s flakes in the area have been purely conversational, a strong storm is about to impact the West Coast -- the same one scheduled to bring severe weather to the Plains the next few days. Much of California is expecting some rain, and in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada, up to two feet of snow is expected in places like Mammoth Lakes.
Pollen update: Susan Kosisky from the US Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab writes, “Tree pollen remains HIGH at 469.97 grains/cubic meter. Grass pollen is LOW at 0.64 grains/cubic meter. Mold spores are LOW at 751.51 grains/cubic meter.”