Today’s weather will be warm and pleasant; under partly to mostly cloudy skies we will see afternoon highs in the mid-60’s to lower 70’s throughout Northcentral Washington.
The weather will also become increasingly breezy starting Friday and continuing into early next week as a cold front moves through Washington. Mostly sunny skies in our Friday forecast with west winds 10-20 mph we will see afternoon high temperatures in the upper 60’s.
On Saturday, weather models have been consistent in forecasting the arrival of a tightly wound upper level low. Confidence is growing that Saturday will be a windy day all across Northcentral Washington with sustained west winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph across the Columbia Basin, Wenatchee Valley, Waterville Plateau, West Plains, and along the East Slopes of the Cascades. Afternoon high temperatures will also be much cooler with highs only around 60 degrees. With spring planting underway in the agricultural areas around Moses Lake and Othello blowing dust will also be a concern. We had a few dust events in these areas last April with similar wind speeds. Anglers anxious for the trout season opener in Eastern Washington will be faced with the decision to stay at home or risk rough lakes and dangerously cold water Saturday.
On Sunday, the low pressure system moves into Montana and as it does, look for chilly Canadian high pressure to surge down the Continental Divide and spill into the Inland Northwest. Under partly cloudy skies both Sunday and Monday, high temperatures will remain cool into the lower 60’s.
High pressure begins to build back in on Tuesday and Wednesday with mostly sunny skies both days and warmer temperatures with afternoon highs in the mid 60’s and overnight lows near 40 degrees.