FORECAST: Rain, wet snow Friday

This morning we'll see moisture continue to increase across the area. Initially, I think most of us will see some snow or wet snow mix showers, but the plan is to see the main push come in later this morning into the afternoon.

  • Increasing moisture Friday morning 
  • Some snow, wet snow turning to all rain
  • Scattered weekend showers with some snow/wet snow ... again

During that time we'll see the snow level rise from about 300' this morning to about 1,000' this afternoon.  So while I do expect a lot of us to see snow, it will more than likely be wet snow showers that won't cause any issues.  Brief accumulation could be possible, but we're all turning to rain and warming up this afternoon. Gusty south wind will help that trend later this morning as well.  Highs today will be in the low-40s with a mix early, then rain then showers this afternoon.

The mountains passes could get 4-11 inches of snow on Friday and snow showers will continue through Saturday into Sunday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Cascades from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

Friday night and Saturday will still feature a few showers here and there. Early Saturday morning could be down to 300 feet or lower. Given the spotty and generally light nature of precipitation, significant accumulation isn't expected but we'll be watching closely. Snow levels will rise a bit during the day Saturday so it should be mainly rain.  We'll slowly dry out on Sunday but again, with low snow levels.

Next week's forecast is pretty murky with little agreement the trajectory of a weather system near the west coast on Monday through Tuesday (and into Wednesday).  Monday still looks mainly dry but any shift northward of a weather system  along the Oregon coast could put snow or rain into parts of the area. Tuesday and Wednesday are just toss ups right now with possibly some precipitation around, but what form and where are just not able to be ascertained at this point. Stay tuned.

We stay cooler than normal through next week.

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