Weather satellite shows the tail end of a frontal system moving eastward across Washington and Oregon early this morning. Look for the frontal passage around midday today, with a few snow showers continuing to develop across Eastern Washington. Locally breezy southwest winds are expected to develop across portions of the Columbia Basin and the Waterville Plateau this afternoon. With this being a relatively warm system compared to previous winter storms, blowing or drifting snow are not expected to pose a significant issue. In Northcentral Washington, we can expect clearing skies across the region by this afternoon with west winds 5-15 mph with possible gusts to 25 mph, high temperatures today upper 30’s to near 40 degrees.
On Wednesday, most of the region will remain dry as an upper level ridge of high pressure builds in and strengthens off the Pacific coast. This significant weather pattern change will continue to build over our area allowing for drier weather coupled with a warming trend allowing temperatures to climb closer to what is considered normal for this time of year. Sunny skies for Wednesday with high temperatures in the lower to mid-40’s.
A few more clouds are expected on Thursday with highs mainly in the upper 30’s.
A slow warm-up comes our way Friday through the weekend and early next week as the high pressure off the Western Coast continues to strengthen, keeping a large area of low pressure to our west and northwest. Mostly sunny skies for Friday with highs in the lower 40’s. A few more clouds expected for Saturday but still a bit warmer with highs in the lower to mid-40’s. Sunday and Monday, we will see lots of sunshine and much warmer afternoon high temperatures into the upper 40’s to near 50 degrees, overnight lows in the lower 30’s.