Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:
Finally starting to see some light showers move through the region for the first time in two weeks. The strong ridge of high pressure is breaking down allowing for the passage of a couple of small storms that will make for a more typical week of winter weather for the Northwest. Tonight, light showers will pick up with some intensity as a cold front slowly moves onshore. Lows tonight will hold in the mid 30s and snow lines will be up around 9000 feet so just rain expected at Pass level.
Tuesday and Wednesday, the front gets “hung up” so to speak across the state, allowing for smaller ripples to bring additional rain showers on and off both days. Eventually the cooler air arrives midweek making the changeover to snow in the mountains. Not much in the way of accumulating snow but there will be some for area ski resorts. Highs with the mostly cloudy skies and rain showers will be mild overall, in the upper 40s and low 50s.
Late week, the front finally heads south, clearing out the region for mainly Friday and the weekend. However, as high pressure starts to move back in, that’ll get the valley fog machines firing up again with the coast and mountains likely seeing more sunshine by the weekend.
Have a great Monday night!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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