A very wet weather period for the inland Northwest begins today with a brief break for Northcentral Washington tonight and Saturday. Weather forecast for today calling for cloudy skies and windy, with snow switching over to mainly rain for most locations with a 70% chance of precipitation with afternoon highs in the mid 40’s. Winds will also pick up this afternoon out of the west 15-25 mph for almost all locations. The Cascades still look to receive very heavy snow throughout the morning hours and then it transitions to mostly snow only along the Cascade Crest. Expect about a foot of snow in the Cascades with 2-4 inches in the Methow Valley as well as about 3-5 inches around Plain and Leavenworth.
For Saturday, expect fairly quiet weather during the day with increasing clouds in the afternoon with highs in the mid to maybe upper 40’s. Following the brief break during the afternoon on Saturday, a warm front pushes into the Pacific Northwest bringing another round of precipitation to the area Saturday with a 60% of rain mixed with snow.
Sunday and Monday will also be cloudy and wet with a 40% chance of rain during the day on Sunday going up to a 60% chance Sunday night and a 70% chance of rain on Monday. Afternoon high temperatures each day will be in the mid 40’s to around 50 degrees. A weak ridge of high pressure will develop early next week which will allow temperatures to stay above average through at least mid-week. However, embedded shortwaves of moisture within the ridge will bring a 30% chance of showers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the upper 40’s.