Soggy and Snowy Weekend For the Northwest Oct 21, 2017

Up until the last few days, the weather has been very quiet across the Pacific Northwest.  The weather has been dominated by blue skies and sunshine, and above average temperatures.  But that’s all changing now due to a series of weather systems coming in from the mighty Pacific Ocean.  Since Wednesday, clouds and showers have been the rule, replacing the dry conditions.  And the rain in the valleys, is changing over to snow in the mountains.

There has been quite a bit of rain just in the past 24 hours.  And more rain is on the way through the rest of the weekend.

Rainfall through Sunday could be substantial, especially west of the Cascades.  The I-5 corridor could see two to four inches of rain in spots.

The potential for flash flooding has prompted the National Weather Service to issue Flash Flood Watches for western Washington and northwestern Oregon through Sunday.

And in the mountains, snow could really pile up.  Mount Baker could see an additional four to eight inches of snow.  The Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho, and the Tetons in northwestern Wyoming could also see four to eight inches of snow.

Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for parts of Washington and Oregon this weekend.

But, there’s some good news too.  The forecast is calling for brighter skies and drier conditions to return for much of next week.  There may be some rain and snow on Wednesday, but the rest of the week is looking very nice for late October.  Here are forecasts for some of the major cities:

So enjoy some movies and indoor activities this weekend, and then make plans to bask in the sunshine next week.

For WeatherNation:  Meteorologist Matt Monroe

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