Weather 1-3-20

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Temperatures in our weather forecast today will be 10 to 15 degrees above average as a warm front moves out of far Northern Idaho into Southern British Columbia and Alberta this afternoon. In Northcentral Washington today expect increasing clouds with mild high temperatures into the upper 40’s.

By tonight, a quick moving cold front will spread precipitation across the Pacific Northwest with a 20-30% chance of rain mixed with snow in the Wenatchee Valley with overnight lows in the lower 30’s.

The Cascade Crest will likely receive 8 to 14 inches of snow between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon including Stevens Pass. Gusty west winds following the passage with sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph from the East Slopes of the Cascades across the Columbia Basin. Frequent gusts of 40 to 45 mph will likely occur on Saturday with localized gusts to 50 mph in some of our typically windy areas. Widely scattered tree damage may occur along with isolated power outages. It will remain mild on Saturday with afternoon high temperatures in the upper 40’s to near 50 degrees.

On Sunday, another round of light precipitation is expected as a stronger cold front moves into the Inland Northwest. Expect cloudy skies, breezy conditions, a 40% chance of rain or snow with afternoon high temperatures cooling about 10 degrees with highs in the upper 30’s.

On Monday and Tuesday, a bit more robust shortwave trough of lower pressure will swing across early next week. A warm front will also move into the region Monday into Tuesday. Under cloudy skies both days, there is a 30% chance of rain/snow on Monday and Monday night with a 40% chance on Tuesday, highs near 40 degrees.

The weather picture quiets down on Wednesday with mostly cloudy skies and afternoon highs near 40 degrees.