Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:
Showers are winding down tonight, but a good first blast of snow for the Cascades today. Both Passes picked up at least a half of a foot of snow, ski resorts also picking up some desperately needed snow to open. They won’t see much more for the rest of the night, as we’ll be in between storms. The whopper will be coming in the next 24 hours, promising to bring wind, heavy rain, and feet of snow!
Friday remains mild as southerly winds strengthen throughout the day ahead of the main event which moves through overnight into Saturday. Highs will push into the 50s and winds will pick up along the coast to 30-40mph with gusts overnight pushing 60-70mph. Inland areas could see wind gusts in excess of 30-40mph, early Saturday and again once the main line of rain moves through. So let’s break it down:
Heaviest rain/wind at the coast will be pre-dawn Saturday, close to 1-2″ of rain may be possible by late Saturday. Wind gusts could top 60-70mph with waves approaching 15+ feet at times. Inland, morning hours will see the heaviest rain with the mountains starting off with rain as snow levels will be above the Passes but dropping to around 3000 feet in the afternoon. In all, snow totals are likely to be 1-2 feet at the ski resort level and 6-12″ at the Passes. Strong winds will make Pass travel tricky as blowing snow on the roads will likely greet skiers and snowboarders trying to take advantage of the fresh powder.
Conditions quiet down by Sunday and high pressure moves the rain out of the picture for most of next week. However, that means the thick valley fog will likely be back as a temperature inversion will sit across much of the central and southern valley.
Have a great Friday!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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