Justin’s Monday Forecast Discussion:
A dry day overall if you’re headed out for that last minute gift or items at the store, as weak high pressure noses into the Northwest for just Monday afternoon. Highs today will sit in the mid to low 40s. Tonight, clouds start moving back in ahead of the next system that’ll bring back the wind at the coast, rain for everyone and snow in the mountains.
CHRISTMAS DAY: Rain starts at the coast before dawn with some windy conditions as well. Expect heavy rain at times through Christmas morning inland, slowly tapering off to scattered showers by late afternoon. Snow will accumulate above 2500 feet with Winter Storm Watches out for the Cascades and Passes. Snow totals may reach 5-9″ in the higher foothills tomorrow with 10-18″ closer to the ski resorts. Highs will hold in the mid 40s.
Midweek, still some scattered showers for both Wednesday and Thursday, but by the weekend- the jet stream splits in half and sends the next storms south into California. If that holds, we should see a couple of dry and partly sunny days for the final weekend of 2012!
SANTA TRACKER: If you want to check on ole Kris Kringle’s progress throughout the day, here’s the link:
Have a great Christmas!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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