From Snow to 60s!
Well the October snow was a pretty big wake up call to let everyone know to get ready for winter! Not the earliest snow the Valley has seen though. October 10th 1979 the Valley was hit with a sudden storm that left around 8" of snow in the Valley!
And there have been flurries but the recent Nor' Easter October-Snow is only the second measureable snow the Valley has seen. So still a bit of history there and shows you how rare snow in October is... even in the Northeast!
I think it still surprised us that we actually did see that snow, but we had been talking about the chance for rain/snow since last Monday. Why didn't we think there was going to be measureable snow at the beginning of the week though?
Well there was only one model that was going in the measureable snow direction. It really wasn't until Friday morning that the models started showing more agreement.
Friday, when the forecasting models started showing more consensus we started thinking, wow this is actually happening! We forecasted 1"-3" for the Valley on Friday but mid evening we increased snow totals to 2"-4" as it looked like the moisture would be sticking around especially into Saturday morning.
Most areas received around 2"-3" with isolated areas coming in near 4" and even some near 5". And that's not including the ridge tops and higher elevations. Pretty good for a first snow.
But now we're looking at a large ridge of high pressure to move in and that will help keep things mild and quiet for maybe about a week.
The above graphic shows the large ridge building in and how that lift keeps the colder air to the northeast and the pacific northwest.
We do have some showers in the forecast on Thursday night but the high pressure is basically going to break apart this storm system. The cold air will move around us to the north and most of the moisture should stay to our south and move along the coast, and continue to weaken.
But now we'll finally see a few days with temperatures about average (60-60 degrees).
It looks like we could even see some above average temps to start next week- YAY!
What I'm hoping for... is an Indian Summer, but enjoy the warmth and sunshine while you can. Winter will be back before you know it.