CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JUSTIN STAPLETON’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
All is quiet heading into Wednesday morning with lows holding in the mid to upper 40s ahead of rainmaker #2 coming in the afternoon. Expect to see showers pick up by early afternoon at the coast (with some drizzle ahead of the main line in the morning) and inland areas seeing showers throughout the afternoon and early evening. Mountains will also see rain as snow lines will be around 8000 feet.
The showers quiet down going into Thursday and Friday, both days will see a mix of clouds and sun. This weekend however, looks to return to a wetter forecast. Overall, the entire Northwest will be sitting in a big trough of low pressure. That generally means the refrigerated air from the Gulf of Alaska is free to spill southward making sure your weekend plans better be with an extra layer if you’ll be outside. The first of two waves comes in early on Saturday with a reinforcing shot of cold air. That’ll drop highs back down into the mid 50s. By Sunday, we may be looking at low 50s and showers, sun breaks and an occasional hail storm with the showers coming through.
In addition, snow lines will be falling into the higher foothills with some fresh powder expected at Pass level and above. Hard to pinpoint exact amounts at this point but the cold air will get snow levels down to possibly 2000 feet by Sunday night and Monday. A slow drying out period takes over heading into early next week.
Have a great Wednesday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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