Odds on White Easter with widespread alerts in force for snow disruption


Here's what you need to know.

There is a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off while there is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

"Model runs have changed from earlier in the week and there could now be quite a bit of snow in some places; the latest models have picked up a strong risk for snow". Accumulations will trend higher in the mountains and foothills.

An upper level disturbance could potentially bring more scattered snow showers this morning along with some patchy fog as well. A cold front will move through in the evening and will transition to all snow. "Most likely to rain down towards the south". The American model has a similar forecast.

We could be in for another bout of snow on Bank Holiday Monday.

We will warm into the mid 60s on Easter Sunday but with more clouds and a slim chance for a shower. A coating to an inch at best for the higher elevations. Note, however, this modeling assumes snowfall would stick, which is unlikely around D.C., given forecast temperatures. As that's seven to 10 days from now, it's near the range when model projections aren't particularly reliable.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday will all bring slowly raising temperatures, with the sun and the rain fighting all day, and it is expected to get as high as 13 degrees by Monday afternoon.

But some storminess is likely in this period.

Temperatures will stay above freezing this afternoon which will continue flooding concerns due to continued snow melt for most locations in North Central Montana. Farther south we'll see lesser amounts including 2-5 inches for the mountains of Summit County and ski areas like A-Basin, Loveland, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain.

It was only at the end of March 2013, when Easter fell on the same weekend, that we last saw a white blanket cover the area.