The initial days of April will bring unseasonably frigid weather to the West, potentially including significant snowfall in certain areas. Some temperatures could dip near record lows. Read on for more details on the chilly wave of spring air headed for the region.
In the West Coast, including California, there has been a period of serenity recently. However, the Sierra Nevada will receive another snowfall soon, but the coastal regions will be excluded from the gales and heavy rainfall that have been recurrent during this winter.
Early in the week, the jet stream will dip southward, leading to an influx of chilly Canadian air. This chill will bring temperatures that are up to 25 degrees lower than is typical for the start of April.
In Seattle, temperatures should be around 10 degrees cooler than normal, with Monday and Tuesday's highs predicted to be in the 50s. Salt Lake City will be even chillier, with highs in the upper 30s, as opposed to average highs in the upper 50s.
The frigid mass of air will plunge southward to California and the Desert Southwest, with blustery winds exacerbating the cold temperatures. This forecast could be a downer for tourists in Los Angeles and San Diego looking for warmth.
As temperatures keep dropping in the Northwest, records may be broken. Even residents in usually warm climates, such as Phoenix, might need to bring out a jacket as the start of April will be much cooler than usual, with temperatures forecast in the mid 60s, rather than the typical low 80s.
Not only chilly temperatures and gusts of wind are expected, but some areas in the western part of the country may have to brace for snowfall. Weather forecasters suspect that the frigid air will trigger a storm, which will intensify as it reaches the Midwest, possibly resulting in blizzard-like conditions in the northern Plains.
Starting Monday and throughout Tuesday, Salt Lake City will receive a few inches of snow from this weather maker. Cheyenne, Wyoming and Vail, Colorado will also experience snow, potentially leading to travel difficulties and other disruptions.
The highest elevations of the Central Rocky Mountains and the Wasatch Range are expecting a good deal of snowfall, possibly exceeding twelve inches. For instance, Alta Ski Area in Utah will get another hefty amount of snow, permitting winter sports to carry on into the spring.
The Sierra Nevada region is set to receive additional snowfall from the early week system. This should dissipate by Monday, and shift toward the Intermountain West. The northern Cascades near Seattle also encountered some snowfall over the weekend, and this is predicted to continue at the start of the week.
This storm system is predicted to cause another outbreak of severe weather in the Midwest this week. Folks in the projected impact zone should monitor this changing forecast.
Temperatures will be on the rise midweek for the western part of the country, continuing until the upcoming weekend. A welcome shift to more seasonable weather will be felt by those who are eager for spring to arrive.