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Higher Summits Forecast

Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Always be prepared to make your own assessment of travel and weather conditions. This outlook is one tool to help you plan a safe trip. Always travel with adequate clothing, shelter, food, and water.
Friday, October 24, 2014
4:31 AM

A coastal low will slowly lift towards the Canadian Maritimes today. As it exits, moisture will rotate in on its backside bringing continued showers through the day. Showers will start as rain but as colder air filters in on its backside this afternoon and evening, showers will transition to a mix of freezing and frozen precipitation types. Overnight, showers will taper and a clearing pattern will set up over the summits. On the summits, clearing will take a bit longer as lingering low-level moisture allows fog to linger into Saturday morning. Eventually a clearing pattern will set up on the higher summits early Saturday as a weak ridge of high pressure briefly builds in. Over the course of the day, the ridge will slide offshore and a cold front will approach from the west. This will thicken and lower clouds during the day and a few rain showers will spread in from the west during the afternoon hours. Some additional things of note, water crossing may remain swollen in areas as excess rainwater from the past couple of days continues to run off. And on elevations above 5000 feet, additional traction (like MICROspikes) is still strongly recommended as over an inch of ice is coated with water from rain and melting making for extremely slippery conditions.

Ryan Knapp
Staff Meteorologist
Forecast

Today:

In the clouds w/ rain showers transitioning to mixed precipitation showers.

Highs: mid 30s falling to lower 30s; Wind chills 10-20°F

Wind: N at 25-40 mph increasing to 45-60 mph w/ higher gusts

Tonight:

In the clouds w/ a chance of mixed precipitation showers.

Lows: upper 20s; Wind chills 5-15°F

Wind: N shifting NW 50-70 mph w/ higher gusts then decreasing to 35-50 mph

Tomorrow:

In and out of the clouds under mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of afternoon rain showers.

Highs: upper 30s; Wind chills 15-25°F

Wind: NW shifting W at 30-45 mph

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