Heavy snow continues to move through the mountains in the western U.S. and it is not expected to diminish until this weekend. As expcted, yard sticks were needed to measure the snow as some areas have seen over 2 feet and are approaching 3 feet.
Winter Storm Warnings continue for most of the mountain ranges in the West. Another foot of snow could fall in parts of the Rockies.
Flooding continues to be a concern with heavy rainfall and melting snow. Flash Flood Watches remain in effect from the Sierra to the foothills. Another inch of rain could fall, and more is on the way for this weekend.
— NWS Hanford (@NWSHanford) January 5, 2017
Jet Stream energy remains robust aloft. This will keep the snows flying, especially in New Mexico and Colorado. The strongest core of the Jet Stream will start to push south and east of the region Friday. Rain and snow will then begin to diminish.
As the upper level energy departs, the surface system will also move out of the region. Snow will gradually come to an end later Friday, exiting New Mexico.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels