High pressure has built into the area and that means that this weekend will be dry with large temperature fluctuations. Temperatures will start off cool along the coast and cold in other areas. Temperatures at and below freezing will cause a FREEZE WARNING to go into effect Saturday morning at 2. The mild winter that we’ve had so far has caused early blossoming on fruit trees. These crops could be affected by the cold temperatures. Wind machines and fans should be used to mix the warmer air aloft down to the surface to help better protect crops. This scenario will last through Sunday so a FREEZE WATCH that will go into effect Sunday will most likely be upgraded to a WARNING by tomorrow. Temperatures will be rebounding in the afternoons to above seasonal average. Temperatures will be anywhere from 5-10 degrees above normal because of the lack of cloud coverage. This trend will last through the rest of the weekend.
A very impressive storm system will move into the area starting on Monday. This system will bring a series of cold fronts that will bring rain and possibly even snow to our area. Showers will begin on Monday night at the Coast ahead of the first cold front. Throughout the day Tuesday, rain will reach as far inland as the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Another cold front passing Tuesday evening will usher in colder air and will drop snow levels. If snow levels drop far enough, snow could fall in the upper elevations of the Cascades. Rain will persist in our area until Friday.
Meteorologist Seth Phillips