Commonly this time of the year you’ll find us writing about wet weather across the western portion of the United States. To no surprise this article will begin with that story, however it will take a bit of a different turn as we then discuss an extended dry stretch coming in for the first full week of December.
Rain and snow showers will be confined to mainly Washington on Friday with snow falling above 3,500 feet elevation. By Friday night and Saturday, Oregon will get in on some precipitation of both rain and snow variety. Then more of the Western states will see clouds and rain/snow precipitation as the weekend rolls on. See the timeline images below which show each day and where the fronts, clouds, and precipitation will be.
The weather system will also whip up winds along the Sierra Nevada Saturday with gusts to 50 mph. After this system clears out Sunday night, most of the West will enter a dry period of weather for much of next week as a strong and large area of high pressure builds in.
This will give the West an unusual break from the near-constant precipitation that can fall right now. This is the wet season for the Pacific Northwest when November to February features a lot rain and snow.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier