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Showers West of the Cascades Today

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

A cooler air mass in place over the region will keep temperatures on the cooler side today. An approaching warm front is going to bring increasing clouds and isolated to scattered rain/snow showers west of the Cascades through much of the day. The snow level is starting at 3,000′ this morning but rising through the day and also rising as the warm front moves through this evening — but not by much since the sun will be going down shortly after the warm front moves through.

With the low snow levels and the recent rain/snow this past weekend, TripCheck is reporting packed snow and patches of ices on the roadways. Be cautious as you are making your way out this morning/afternoon as temperatures won’t be warming much through the day and snow showers will still be developing in the high country.

Snow showers will bring little to no accumulations to the region. The mountains could pick up an inch  today and through the overnight hours  tonight with the snow level sitting at about 4,500′ once the sun sets. The parent low pressure system associated with the warm front will continue moving eastward Tuesday. This will bring more widespread shower activity to the forecast area — in the form of rain and snow.  By Tuesday afternoon, snow levels will be at 6,500′ and 1″-2″ of snow is possible with developing snow showers above this.

Wednesday will bring a short break to the area, but it’s short lived and another system is already on our doorstep by Thursday. This will bring more wet weather and help to cool temperatures again.

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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