Current Outlook

4/3/2020 A chilly and unsettled weekend followed by a warmer and pleasant week

“Weather conditions this outlook period are expected to vary quite a bit between the weekend and the upcoming week. The weekend looks to be defined by cooler than normal temperatures and unsettled weather with scattered lowland rain and upland/mountain snow showers, or at least the chance for a few passing scattered showers, through the state...”

Recent Outlooks

3/30/2020 More consistent model agreement indicating a cool week

“The cold front that passed through Washington state earlier today looks to return us to cooler than normal temperatures for this time of year. With weather models now also mostly in agreement, it can be determined that these cooler temperatures are expected to linger through the week and into the first part of the weekend before gradually returning to near normal as we move into the following week...”

3/27/2020 Continuation of unsettled weather and cool temperatures

“As a broad overview, this period's weather can be best summarized as a continued unsettled pattern as a series of modest upper level shortwaves pass over the Pacific Northwest through the course of the weekend. A slightly more significant feature is expected to move into the region from the northwest Monday/Monday evening, bringing elevated winds, more widespread precipitation, and another round of cooler temperatures through the state...”

3/23/2020 Unsettled weather for much of the week and weekend

“A weak disturbance off the coast of British Columbia that is bringing rain showers to western Washington, mountain snow showers through the Cascades and Olympics, and a chance for rain and upland rain/snow showers through eastern Washington looks to continue to move inland over the next few days. This is expected to keep weather conditions rather unsettled early in the week statewide...”

3/20/2020 A mild weekend followed by slightly below normal temps for the week and an unsettled weather pattern

“This period's weather looks to be defined by a pleasant weekend for outdoor work, followed by unsettled weather and a slightly cooler than average week. Slightly warmer than average temperatures and mostly sunny/clear skies are expected for most of the weekend. A weak disturbance associated with a passing shortwave trough is anticipated to begin moving into Washington state from the northwest Sunday night...”

3/16/2020 A cool and dry week ahead with likely inversion concern

“The dry forecast for this week looks to remain on track for much of the state. However there is a low chance for a few scattered rain and upland snow showers throughout different parts of the state in conjunction with two separate, weak disturbances that are moving by the region...”

3/13/2020 A cold and snowy weekend followed by a clear week with serious cold hardiness concerns

“The forecast of snow and unseasonably cold weather that has been advertised for this weekend remains generally on track. Precipitation looks to continue to move through the state Friday afternoon bringing snow showers and lowland rain showers throughout. ..”

3/9/2020 Impactful weather system Friday and implications for cold hardiness

“Monday night temperatures look to dip dangerously low for some perennial tree fruit crops in southern Washington. Roughly, a line west to east from near Vantage to Garfield and south has the probability to see damaging temperatures tonight (Monday)...”

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