Dry weather persists across the Inland Northwest this morning as a broad upper ridge of high pressure over the Eastern Pacific builds inland. At the same time, a large area of low pressure continues to spin just west of the blocking ridge will bring a few more clouds our way today keeping our temperatures down compared to yesterday. Mostly cloudy skies in our forecast for Thursday with afternoon high temperatures in the upper 30’s to near 40 degrees.
A gradual warming trend is expected across Northcentral Washington beginning on Friday as the upper ridge continues to strengthen. For Friday, we can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with slightly warmer temperatures into the lower 40’s.
We will start the weekend on Saturday with mostly cloudy skies turning partly cloudy by afternoon with high temperatures in the mid-40’s.
Sunday through Thursday, high pressure will remain anchored over the Northwestern U.S. throughout the period delivering stable weather conditions, dry weather and much warmer temperatures. Confidence is high that the region will undergo a warming trend and see a weather transition toward near, possibly above normal temperatures.
On Sunday, expect mostly sunny skies with afternoon high temperatures in the lower 50’s. Sunny skies as well for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with afternoon highs in the lower to mid-50’s and overnight lows in the low to mid-30’s. The upcoming warming trend will undoubtedly lead to increasing snow melt and runoff. However, without any significant wind or moisture influx, the melt should be slow enough to result in minor issues of ponding of water.