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Justin’s Wednesday Night’s Forecast Discussion

The countdown continues to Fall’s return here in the Northwest. Today was another beautiful day with sunny skies and highs near 70. Tonight, expect more clear skies and a quick return to the 50s before midnight and low 40s/upper 30s by sunrise tomorrow. The morning clouds should also be back for everyone on Thursday.

Thursday is the transition day with morning clouds, breaking up for mostly sunny skies in the afternoon and highs again in the upper 60s to near 70. I expect to see some high cirrus clouds streaming in by late afternoon and evening ahead of the first wave of showers on Friday. Speaking of …

By Friday, we’ll see the first of a series of waves move through. The coast may see some light to moderate showers by Friday around lunchtime, with some light showers moving into the valleys by Friday afternoon. The bulk of the rain will hit from Portland to Seattle, so we won’t see much Friday night but high school football will be wet for the first time all season and chilly with temperatures falling into the mid 50s soon after kickoff.

The weekend will be wet at times, nothing heavy, but both Saturday and Sunday have chances for showers as a few cold fronts move across the state. Saturday’s rain will be scattered showers in the morning and a few isolated ones through the afternoon. Sunday will start dry but finish very wet, with rain sticking around overnight and most of Monday.  Highs with the cooler air and possible showers, will be cooler, in the mid to upper 60s.

Next week starts soggy with rain on Monday tapering off to isolated showers by Tuesday afternoon. However, early looks  show a small high pressure ridge building in for Wednesday which should hold the rain off for at least a day or so.

Have a great Thursday!

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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