More Rain and Snow For The Northwest
After a relatively quiet day on Friday, another Pacific storm system is pushing across the northwest, bringing more rain to the valleys, and more snow to the mountains. Winter weather alerts are up for a good portion of the region. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for the Cascades of Washington and Oregon through Sunday morning. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect though Monday morning for the mountains of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. And northern California and Nevada are also under Winter Weather Advisories through Sunday.
Snow accumulations will be moderate across the region. Most areas will see 4″ to 8″. The Cascades of Oregon, the Sawtooth range in Idaho, and the Tetons of Wyoming will see the most snow, generally in the neighborhood of 6″ to 12″. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado are currently not under any winter weather watches or warnings. But 3″ to 6″ of snow are expected to fall Sunday night into Monday morning. Denver could even see an inch or two accumulate on grassy and elevated surfaces Monday morning.
Lower elevations will see rain rather than snow. Rainfall totals will be less than an inch. But there could be some isolated reports of just over an inch of rain.
However, better weather is on the way. The cold front pushes quickly to the east, and conditions will rapidly improve. Seattle will see some clouds and a few showers early Sunday morning. But sunshine returns by Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will be a bit cooler behind the front. The weather stays sunny, chilly, and dry, right through Friday.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Matt Monroe