Few thunderstorms into Wednesday

For many of us, it’s been a nice sunny day but more clouds are around this afternoon because of the added warmth from the sun and that is fueling isolated showers and thunderstorms around the area this afternoon. The energy for thunderstorms with lightning and small hail will remain into the mid-evening before subsiding late tonight.

The most likely areas to see these downpours of ice pellets and a stray lightning bolt is right in the Puget Sound convergence zone in Snohomish, King, Kitsap and Pierce counties. The chance for run-of-the-mill showers will exist in other locations.

In the mountains, we will see some snow fly around the passes into this evening and tonight but any troublesome accumulation isn’t looking likely. Snow levels, however, will be near or below 3,500 feet (between Stevens and Snoqualmie passes)

By morning, expect some sunshine and a few spotty showers but the overall coverage of rainfall early tomorrow will be pretty low. By afternoon, the upper-level low responsible for the showers and storms around today will be moving southeast of the region. We will still have an uptick in rain chances in the afternoon but plenty of locations stay dry. If we get a thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon, it’ll be most likely in or near the Cascades. Highs will remain cool – in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Thursday will be a drier day though an isolated light rain shower will remain possible. Highs will be back in the 60s with some sun.

Friday and Saturday look much warmer with lots of sunshine as high pressure builds over the area! Daytime high temperatures will be in the mid 60s to mid 70s. Not quite as warm as this last weekend but still great for outdoor activities.

A few rain showers could return Sunday afternoon but probably it’s just a day with increasing clouds. A little better rain chance returns Sunday night into early next week.