Today’s weather will largely resemble yesterday across Northcentral Washington with fields of low clouds and patchy morning fog in the valleys and the basin and a few flurries possible particularly in the afternoon as the next weather system approaches. Expect partly cloudy skies to start off our day in the Wenatchee Valley with increasing clouds this afternoon with afternoon highs today in the lower to mid-30’s.
Tonight and into Friday morning a large area of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska will push a rather weak weather system through the forecast area with a 30% chance of snow after 10:00 p.m. with overnight lows in the mid 20’s. This will not be a big snow maker with generally light accumulations of snow in the Columbia basin and the Wenatchee Valley with 1 to 3 inches in the mountains at pass levels with 4 to 6 inches on the higher mountain ranges particularly along the Cascade crest and the Idaho Panhandle. The Friday morning commute period where 1/2 to 1 inch or so of snow falling around dawn to sunrise will create slippery conditions particularly on untreated secondary roads around the region. Friday will be another seasonably cool day with mostly sunny skies, calm wind and afternoon highs in the mid 30’s.
For Saturday, the weather pattern will be transitioning bringing some slight rain/snow changes to the inland northwest. The Wenatchee Valley can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies Saturday with a 20% chance of a rain/snow mix with afternoon highs in the lower 30’s.
More unstable weather for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with mostly cloudy skies, anywhere from a 20-40% chance of rain or snow with afternoon high temperatures warming a bit each day generally in the mid to upper 30’s.
New Year’s Day on Wednesday will be a quiet weather day with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the upper 30’s.