· Strong winds likely Sunday-Monday due to a cold front. Confidence increasing in first legit wind of the fall season with wind speeds higher and lasting for a longer duration than the front last week. This will be a significant fire weather concern + road and air travel impacts from wind. Winds may stay up all night for ridges, wind prone locations, and mountain valleys Saturday and Sunday nights. Sunday is the main day, but looks to remain quite windy into Monday. Fire weather concerns area-wide Sunday and for areas mainly near and south of US-50 on Monday. Areas of blowing dust possible.
· Smoke issues remain near larger fires especially the Walker Fire assuming continued fire activity. Less certainty in the smoke forecast with lighter winds today. Next several days will depend on fire activity. Could see improvement early next week if enough rain/snow falls.
· Turning much colder Monday-Wednesday AM with frosts or freezes likely in typical areas, possible even in lower elevations. Scattered rain and dare I say snow showers, looking possible Monday-Tuesday.Potential is there for light snow accumulations Monday night into Tuesday AM above 7000 feet. Lower confidence, but a few embedded thunderstorms also possible.
CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS BRIEFING
· High confidence in a strong wind event this weekend Sunday into Monday followed by a big cool down.