A very well defined storm is moving through the area. The bad news is that it’s a quick-mover and will not stick around very long. The coast and the northern areas of the forecast area are already seeing a clearing from the rain. Reports from these areas have only seen a few tenths of an inch of rainfall at best. All that’s left are foggy conditions at the coast and at Sexton Summit due to the saturated air mass and onshore flow.
A few post-frontal showers will continue into the evening hours, but will be limited to the western slopes of the Cascades. Snow levels are starting today at 6,500′, and will drop to 5,500′ after midnight on Friday. However, because of the lack of precipitation, no snow is expected to accumulate and all that falls will be a rain/snow mixture. All shower activity should end around 3:00 a.m. on Friday.
Clouds will begin to decrease as a small bit of high pressure builds into the area on Friday. This will start the dry, and warm conditions we will experience this weekend. The only exception will be a weak cold front pushing into the region on Saturday afternoon. This front will break down as it hits the high pressure and therefore only a light bit of precipitation is expected along the coast and cascades into the afternoon on Saturday. Mostly sunny skies are expected to continue into Easter Sunday. Clouds will begin increasing in the overnight hours as another set of fronts approach the area bringing a better chance of precipitation next week.
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Meteorologist Seth Phillips