Heavy Rain, Snow To Bring Relief To Scorched Northwest
A parade of Pacific storms will bring several inches of rain and snow to the northwestern United States over the next few days.
Numerous storms off the northwest coast could be seen Sunday evening by satellite. Each one will deliver rain, cool air and mountain snow through Wednesday.
Similar to a winter-like pattern, the jet stream (storm track) is diving southward. This places much of the northwestern states of the northern side of the jet stream where a pocket of cooler air will settle in. Daytime highs will likely be 5-15 degrees below average through Wednesday.
After a recent storm delivered nearly two feet of snow to the mountains of Montana, another moves in. Clouds and rain will overspread the northwestern states on Monday with a wintry mix for the summits along the Cascades. Low clouds and rainy conditions along the I-5 corridor may lead to travel delays Monday evening.
A stronger storm moves in on Tuesday with powerful wind gusts to 55 mph along the coast, heavy rain and snow for the mountains. Those who are venturing out above 5,000 feet Tuesday night should expect to run into snow, accumulating several inches above 7,000 feet.
The heaviest precipitation arrives Tuesday night. Areas west of the Cascades may receive 1-2 inches of rain by Wednesday night, higher amounts along the mountain range. Elevations above 5,000 feet may see 3-6 inches of snow, with up to 10 inches for some of the summits.
Storm system from the Bering Sea will bring rain starting Sunday. Expect cool & wet weather through next week, helping to put out fires. pic.twitter.com/bq7CBC8LFh
— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) September 16, 2017
This news couldn’t come fast enough for residents in the northwest. An ongoing drought has led to dozens of large wildfires, many of which prompted evacuations. The rain through Tuesday is expected to significant help firefighters and provide some drought relief.
The drier, cooler air will also improve the air quality across the region.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos