Today and tomorrow will likely be the only dry days for the rest of the week but not only that, warm too! Temperatures will warm about five to ten degrees above normal for the start of Spring across the region. With moisture lingering around we could some valley fog the next couple of mornings but fog will not linger long into the day as we’ll warm up quickly and fog will disperse. The question today will be on how long low clouds linger this afternoon, if they clear out quickly we’ll warm into the 70s in west-side valleys, if clouds linger we may only warm to the mid-60s.
A cold front will bring widespread rain and gusty winds to the area Thursday, rain may be heavy at times and this system will be more traditional than the one we saw yesterday with more rain and the coast and west side than east of the Cascades. Showers will continue Friday and then another cold front hits late Friday bringing rain again through Saturday and another system continues the rain Sunday with showers lingering into Monday. Snow levels will drop to 5,000 feet Saturday and down to 4,000 feet Sunday evening. This means the higher pass travels, including Diamond Lake Summit and Lake of the Woods may be impacted by snow by Monday morning. Check pass conditions before heading out this weekend, especially late Sunday into Monday.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry