Weather 4-18-19

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Weather for today looks mostly cloudy and very mild as an upper level ridge of high-pressure shifts to the east throughout the day. Temperatures today will be the warmest so far this year in the Wenatchee Valley with highs into the lower 70’s. Normal high temperature for this time of year is 63 degrees. Tonight, a cold front will approach from the northwest bringing a 20% chance of very isolated showers with overnight lows about 10-15 degrees above average. This is because of a combination of our warm temperatures during the day, enough cloud cover, and the continued moisture streaming into the area from the southwest. Valley lows will be in the mid-40s to low 50s. There is the potential for many locations to break record high low temperatures Friday morning.

A weak weather front slides through Northcentral Washington during the day on Friday with cloudy skies early and a 40% chance of light showers. The area will also see breezy conditions out of the west 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Our Easter weekend is shaping up to be dry and mostly clear as a shot of very dry continental polar air infiltrates the forecast area form the north leading to some locally breezy north winds down the Okanogan Valley particularly on Saturday.

Wenatchee Valley weather for Saturday is calling for sunny skies, a light west breeze and high temperatures in the upper 60’s. Even nicer for Easter Sunday with mostly sunny skies, calm winds and afternoon high temperatures in the lower 70’s.

For the new workweek Monday through Wednesday, weather models are in general agreement in digging another deep Gulf of Alaska storm system off the coast, which will begin to direct a new feed of Pacific moisture into the Northwestern U.S. We can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies early next week with highs on Monday near 70 degrees. Tuesday, an offshore trough will bring increasing Pacific moisture with a 20% chance of showers both Tuesday and Tuesday night with high temperatures in the upper 60’s to near 70 degrees.