After a short break of drier weather, another round of heavy snow, rain and wind is in store for the West. Several warnings, watches, and advisories have been issued for the region, including a Blizzard Warning for a small area in Eastern Oregon.
Temperatures are warmer with this system, so liquid precipitation will be falling. Ice Storm Warnings have been issued in the Cascades of Washington. With the melting snow and rain, flooding and avalanches are a concern as well. Wind gusts above 50 mph are also possible, especially along the coast and in the mountains.
4 to 8″ of rain may fall by the end of the week in parts of the Pacific Northwest. The highest mountain peaks will likely see nearly 2 feet of snow.
A weakening cold front will surge toward the Pacific Coast on Wednesday, bringing the first round of moisture. High pressure to the east will keep the moisture confined mainly to the coastal states.
The front will gradually move to the east, spreading snows into the Wasatch and Tetons. Heavy snow will continue in the Sierra, with a mixture in the Cascades.
Another front will push towards the West on Friday. More rain and snow will move through the region, increasing accumulations. This second wave of energy is stronger, so moisture will likely move further east into the Four Corners and Rockies.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels