Monday February 7
Plenty of dry days ahead, with limited precipitation during a cool down. Refill & read.
Morning fog early this week will be blown away by offshore winds that are charting to start Thu or early Fri. Columbia Gorge outflow could be strong Fri night, as an east wind howls, at least according to some model solutions. Temps will warm nicely heading into the coming weekend (mid-to-upper 50s possible west side.
A Cold-hearted Low will drop in from the NW sometime on Valentine’s Day, ushering in rain & showers for several hours. It will cool down notably Tue & Wed mornings, with the snow levels dropping in the mountains as the precipitation runs out. This same cold push of air may also increase the winds across much of California by the middle of next week. Meanwhile, back to dry wx in the PNW, with the likelihood for morning fog to return.
Another cold, wet system is charting to drop in Thu night Feb 17. Expect a Valentine’s Day repeat. There is the possibility for a COLD pattern to return to the PNW behind that cold front, however, models have been inconsistent for this scenario. For now, we’ll say the Feb 17-18 cold front will be followed by a couple chilly weekend days, before another round of cold, wet air will moves in from the NW Mon-Wed Feb 21-23; snow levels could drop into the foothills, or rain/snow mix at the surface, esp the Puget Sound north. We’ll monitor this, just in case models retro back to a modified Arctic air scenario.
Bottom line: it will remain mostly dry for the next couple of weeks, as the overall the amount of precipitation will remain below average for the month.
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