Widespread rain showers are occurring across our region as an upper level disturbance pushes inland today. The cold front itself will move onshore this afternoon, and behind it will come the pool of cold air — some of the coldest we’ve seen this year so far. Showers are expected to increase in coverage today as the sun comes up. Once the coldest of air moves inland, conditions will become favorable for thunderstorm development.
Snow levels will drop to 6,000′ this afternoon and then to 5,000′ into Wednesday morning. As the temperatures cool, rain showers will turn to snow showers in the higher terrain — especially above 6,000.’ Although accumulation may be hard at Diamond Lake and Lake of the Woods, expect a couple of inches of snow across the highest peaks and thus the highest passes. The system will shift east tomorrow but showers will still linger across the region, this will be snow showers 5,000′+.
By Thursday, a warming and drying trend will move into the Pacific Northwest. Afternoon highs will return to seasonal values by the weekend.
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese