Latest satellite imagery reveals mid to high level clouds starting to increase over western and central Washington ahead of an approaching weather system. The shortwave along with a dry cold front will move across the region during the day today bringing windy conditions. Strongest winds will be felt in the Cascade gaps with gusts up to 25 to 30 mph possible with localized gusts up to 35 mph also possible. The Columbia Basin and Waterville Plateau can expect to see gusts up to 20 to 25 mph by this afternoon. Wenatchee Valley weather today will be mostly cloudy this morning with clearing this afternoon, breezy too with highs in the low to mid-70’s.
Thursday will be a beautiful day with light winds and clear skies with afternoon high temperatures in the upper 70’s. An upper level ridge of high pressure returns Thursday night marking the beginning of a warming trend for Northcentral Washington.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will feel more like summer with mostly sunny skies each day and unseasonably warm temperatures with highs around 80 degrees on Friday, up to the mid-80’s Saturday and right around 80 once again on Sunday.
By early next week, a trough of low pressure looks to move into the region bringing breezy winds and an increase in moisture. The weather system will bring mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures to the area with a 40% chance of rain Monday and a 30% chance on Tuesday with highs between 65-75 degrees.