Snow could impact travel on Sunday morning in our higher mountain passes.
Starting with sunny skies and 72 degrees Friday afternoon and then 32 miles per hour wind gusts, rain and temperatures almost 40 degrees colder by nightfall, the region's weather pattern is going to be unstable all weekend as several fronts pass through the area, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service. If the storm system speeds up, we'll need to watch roads since morning temperatures will be below freezing.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Seattle said that the storm will bring heavy rain and high winds Saturday, but ease Sunday to showers and light winds. Mostly cloudy skies to partly sunny skies will stick around for most of the day with dry conditions. There is a chance that we see an stronger or severe thunderstorms Saturday.
Today, highs will heat close to 80 degrees with a south wind, about 5 to 10 miles per hour.
Staying breezy and cooler through the day on Saturday with a fair number of clouds around and a few spotty showers.
"After all this clears out, our temperatures will continue to fall on down to the upper 20s and low 30s near the Virginia line", Gardner said. The weekend will start off with a band of moisture moving into the Ozarks, south of HWY 50 close to 7 PM Friday.
Monday we have a brief break from the rain showers. However, that's cold enough to allow some snowflakes to fly during the morning, before transitioning over to a rain chance as the day progresses and temperatures get back into the upper 40s.
The highs in Queenstown and Wanaka on Tuesday are between 6 and 8 degrees with a chance of snow falling in both centres.