Warm temps, lots of sunshine and only light winds are expected today, with highs generally in the 50s to around 60. Wind will pick up out of the southwest as the incoming system begins to pull into the desert southwest. That will being an increase in grassland fire danger, and a fire weather watch is in effect tomorrow as any fire that starts will be difficult to control.
Then attention turns to the incoming system. While we expect to see impacts shift in both degree and location as the system begins to be measured by the upper-air network today, right now it looks like there will be a slight chance for storms Wednesday afternoon and evening, with widespread precipitation developing over much of the state overnight Thursday morning. That’s likely to be wintry precipitation, which will continue as the main low pressure passes just to our east and we see some wrap-around snowfall extend into Thursday. The cold is short-lived, though, as temperatures Friday and the weekend are expected to be back above normal.