Gusty west winds will plague much of the Inland Northwest and dominate our weather today, tonight, and Wednesday. Our typical wind prone areas from Wenatchee to Moses Lake to Pullman and Spokane can expect sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30mph today. Gusts approaching 30 mph will be capable of raising dust around Moses Lake, a spot that has had very little precipitation over the last 4 or 5 weeks. Expect mostly sunny skies around Northcentral Washington today and along with those winds, highs should top off in the mid to upper 50’s in the Wenatchee Valley to lower 60’s in the Columbia Basin.
The passage of an upper level disturbance during the early morning hours Wednesday will tighten our surface pressure gradient once again bringing wind speeds of 15-25 mph and gusty, highs Wednesday slightly cooler down into the lower 50’s. Mountain snow will also accompany Wednesday`s wind producing system. Look for snow to increase over the Cascade Crest this evening and persist into the early morning hours Wednesday. Stevens Pass can expect 5 to 8 inches of new snow.
Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures on Thursday will be mild as south winds between 10 and 15 mph push readings into the 50s during the afternoon. Warm frontal precipitation should be limited to the Cascades and high terrain of Eastern Washington.
Quiet weather is expected Friday through the weekend with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies and afternoon high temperatures from 50 to around 55 degrees through the period.