Another round of winter weather is on tap for the High Country this week and into the weekend. This round will begin as rain on Thursday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) says that rainfall totals Thursday through Friday will be around 1.25 to 1.50 inches across the entire forecast area on average, the bulk of it falling Thursday night into Friday.
In a Wednesday morning briefing, NWS says that they are assessing the need for flood watches.
Gusty winds will also be a weather story starting Friday. Gusty northwest winds Friday afternoon into Friday evening will also lead to colder temperatures, NWS says, and the transition to snow late Friday night into Saturday.
By daybreak Saturday most areas in the High Country are expected to have received a least enough snow to coat the ground with one-tenth to one-quarter inch of snow, NWS says. The highest peaks/valleys will have received more on the order of one to two inches
Forecast highs for Thursday are in the mid-40s and Friday before falling into the upper 30s during the afternoon.
Saturday will average about 10 to 15 degrees cooler as compared to Friday for high temperatures, NWS says. Saturday night low temperatures will a mix of upper 20s to around 30 degrees.
The weather gets quieter for Sunday through Christmas Day, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid 40s and lows around 30.