Monday’s Weather Discussion from Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
A great start to the work week with sunshine, mid 70s and dry weather. Hope you got a chance to get outside in it today because it all changes starting tomorrow! We’ll see a major shift back to a cooler, wetter forecast for the remainder of the week. Tonight, the leading edge of the storm will send clouds inland and showers developing in the early morning hours. Most folks will likely see some shower activity for Tuesday morning’s commute.
A cold low pressure center is sitting off the coastline and over the next couple of days, will slowly move inland and basically sit and spin around the Northwest from Tuesday through Friday morning. The storm originated from the Gulf of Alaska so it’s fairly cold and one of the reasons why highs will be dramatically colder, some 20 degree temperature drop from the 70s Monday to mid to low 50s tomorrow and Wednesday. The storm will bring showers, few sun breaks, small hail at times, and eventually fresh snow in the mountains. In fact, snow levels will drop below the passes late Tuesday down to around 3000 feet! Travelers heading over the mountains should prepare for accumulating snow and wintry conditions midweek.
By the weekend, the low finally unwinds some and most showers move east and south. Temperatures should slowly rebound back into the mid to upper 60s and a mix of clouds and sun for the holiday weekend. Memorial Day also appears to stay dry.
It’ll be nice to get back some much needed rain but a stark contrast to the early summer-like weather we’ve seen most of the month!
Have a great Tuesday!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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