Over the past several days, the Pacific Northwest has been bombarded with rounds of heavy rain, strong winds, and wintry precipitation. Relief is coming by the this weekend, when sunshine and warmer temperatures will prevail.
A series of cold fronts pulling moisture out of the tropical Pacific has dropped abundant rainfall and mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest over the last several days. This weather pattern will continue through the first half of the weekend. However on Sunday a ridge of high will build fairer weather to the region.
Widespread rain will bring an additional half inch to an inch to the coast from Los Angeles through Washington. Heavier rain is expected in more favorable locations, with multiple inches of rain expected from the foothills of the Sierras through the Coastal Ranges of NorCal and Oregon. Snow levels generally be around 6000′-7000′ in the Sierra, Waschusett, and Colorado Rockies. Further north, these levels will drop to around 5,000′. Expect snowfall totaling 6-12″ + for higher elevations of the Western United States.
By Sunday, most of this activity will be exiting the region. This will usher in a period of more tranquil weather for a region that has had an unusually active 2017.
The Morecast team will continue to monitor the situation across the Western United States, and will provide continuous coverage on our Twitter and Facebook page. Be sure to follow us for future updates.