Weather service predicts ‘first significant winter storm’

The National Weather Service predicts the “first significant winter storm” will arrive today, Wednesday, Nov. 15 and tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 16.

According to Edan Weishahn, of the NWS, this storm will be the first test of our stream and river systems this year.

She advised motorists to slow down and be cautious as “roads haven’t seen a decent wetting rain in quite some time” and hydroplaning can lead to spinouts.

Snow levels remain uncertain, but the storm has a large “boom and bust potential.”

Strong south/southwest winds are predicted for Wednesday with localized damage possible. The winds are expected to continue on Thursday, but the risk of damage diminishes.

Wet snow is predicted for the highest passes on Wednesday, and snow levels are expected to fall after noon on Thursday, becoming heavy at times in the mountain passes and mountain communities.

All rivers are expected to remain below flood stage, but poor drainage and small stream flooding is likely with the heaviest rain Wednesday night into Thursday.

There also may be “isolated rumbles” of lightning in the mountain areas during the periods of the heaviest rainfall.

Temperatures are expected to be mild on Wednesday, turning cooler on Thursday and Friday.

And a potential wet storm may arrive next Monday and Tuesday, but that storm “remains a wildcard” according to the NWS.

For more information, call the NWS at (775) 673-8100.