A Chill Returns

Posted by Rufus La Lone on

Monday - April Fool’s Day - 2024
Chilly temperatures return soon, essentially stopping pleasant outdoor activities, gardening, farming.  How long will the chill last?  Let’s take a peek.
Enjoy the next two days, Mon & Tue Apr 1,2.  Temperatures will be warmer than the weekend, with Tue highs likely to tease into the low 70s in many west side locations, esp western OR & SW WA.  Light breezes.  Fortunately, added daylight hours will give everyone the chance to continue the enjoyment of being outside in the great PNW.  That changes overnight Tue.
A cold front will move into the PNW, and on down to CA, by Wed Apr 3.  Around the region here will be some rain & showers - generally less than 1/4” total at valley levels, and another shot of fairly low elevation SNOWFALL.  Coastal hills & Cascades foothills down to 500 ft could get a dusting of The White.  The main frontal energy of the April Chill will shift south into CA, so Patrons there will chill down, as well, and get more rainfall & Sierra snow.  For the PNW, the risk for a FROST pops up Fri morning, Apr 5, if the sky clears in your area.  Protect sensitive plants and seedlings.  Friday may end up mostly dry & chilly.
The coming weekend (Apr 6,7) looks chilly with showers likely on Saturday.  Sunday may mirror Friday’s wx, including the risk for morning frost.  
No Joke.  All indications are for a return to dry & WARM wx beginning Mon Apr 8.  Clouds and a few showers may remain over NW WA & southern BC on the 8th, but the rest of the PNW will turn sunny & mild.  Wed & Thu, Apr 10-11, are trending the warmest of the week, with temps into the low 70s possible.  Tad cooler on Fri Apr 12; Sat too.  NO RAIN on the charts for the 9th through Sat the 13th.
Long-range charts suggest a Low will move into northern CA on Sunday Apr 14, with moisture spinning into southern OR as far north as Eugene.  This type of pattern often leads to thunderstorms.  We’ll see.  Still, dry & mild on Sun Apr 14 from Eugene north into BC.  Great pollination weather for tree fruits. Honey up, bees!
The week of Apr 15 - 19 is trending dry Mon, then turning WET Tue through Thu the 18th.  Temperatures will remain mild.
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