Our weather this morning is cold all across Central and Eastern Washington as a cold northwesterly flow continues to funnel into our area. Low pressure moving inland and across Oregon today should produce enough cloud cover that the majority of the Inland Northwest will be mostly cloudy throughout the day. Temperatures today will remain below normal with highs only around 30 degrees.
Kicking off the weekend on Saturday, the calendar may say it is March, but our weather this weekend will feel like mid-winter. Another shot of Arctic air will plunge into the Inland Northwest Saturday morning. North/northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph are expected to develop early in the day and persist into Sunday mainly in Eastern Washington. Saturday`s cold front isn`t expected to produce much additional snow with afternoon high temperatures once again near 30 degrees.
Our coldest days ahead will be Sunday and Monday, under mostly sunny skies high temperatures will only reach the mid-20’s with overnight lows in the lower to mid-teens. Some of the colder pockets across the north may see below zero readings both Sunday and Monday night. This coupled with the wind in the Okanogan Valley and Columbia Basin will likely lead to some bitter cold wind chills, especially for March. In like a lion indeed!
Then Tuesday through the rest of next week, a weak area of low pressure develops and sits somewhere around Western Washington through Wednesday. It will bring in some additional energy from both the north and south. Under mostly cloudy skies Tuesday, expect high temperartures in the lower 30’s. We will see a chance of snow move into Northcentral Washington Wednesday and then spread into Eastern Washington and North Idaho by Thursday morning with afternoon highs in the lower 30’s. Temperatures will begin to moderate by Thursday and Friday, but still be below average for this time of the year with afternoon highs both days in the upper 30’s to near 40 degrees.