That was a bit of rain, wasn’t it? I read somewhere (I forget where, sorry) that in the first 6 days of March we already beat our monthly average. Just to give you an idea.
Thursday – High 57°F, Low 51°F; A little warmer than expected, but not by much. Rain all morning, finally drying out around noon. Very windy all day, gusting quite a bit most of the day as well. After the rain dried out, we just had some mostly cloudy skies with a few breaks here and there.
Friday – High 60°F; Scattered cloud cover all day, with pretty windy conditions all day.
WARNINGS – There are 3 main warnings out right now. There is a Gale Watch for the northern waterways and islands for the very strong winds we’ll be seeing Saturday. As for floods, we have a Flood Warning for areas in the Olympics, and a Flood Watch for the rest of the Sound. These will more than likely be active through the weekend, and could be extended depending on how tomorrow goes. For more info, please see here.
The small ridge we’re under will be short lived, and should be out by late Saturday. Obviously after that we’ll be moving to a trough, but it doesn’t look too deep so things may not cool very much. It will bring some more rain though, so we can expect more of that this weekend.
I don’t see any frontal systems or anything needing attention on the sea level map this time, so I will skip it. The only thing I really see is some packed isobars (the lines that measure pressure) Saturday morning which may cause some windy conditions, but we’ll talk about that later.
As I mentioned on Wednesday, we’ll be getting a break today from the rain, but that will be moving in again starting tomorrow, and it looks like it’ll be quite a bit in one day. The rain will come in from the northwest starting very late tonight/very early tomorrow. The coast and north Cascades will be hit the hardest, but Vancouver Island will be creating somewhat of a rain shadow and taking the brunt of the system, so the central area will initially start to see less, but in the evening things will pick up for at least a little bit. Things will go scattered by Sunday, slowly weakening some as the day progresses.
They system will bring some snow, but with the warmer temperatures and higher snow levels, it looks like only the northern Cascades and higher elevations will be getting snow this weekend.
Cloud cover will be somewhat clear tonight, but as the system moves in obviously it will turn very cloudy. This will last until Sunday morning, where things will slowly start to clear up to a partly cloudy condition.
Here are the 24hr precipitation totals…
And here are the 48hr snowfall totals.
With this new system rolling in we can expect some pretty windy conditions again, and some high gusts associated with it. Highest winds look to be in the mountains (specifically the Olympics) and over waterways (specifically the northern islands) as usual, and up on Mt Rainier if you happen to find yourself over there. Winds in the lowlands will be high as well, just not nearly as much as the previously mentioned areas. As the system moves on, things will start to calm down starting Saturday night. I expect calm, if not slightly breezy conditions on Sunday.
As for temperatures, things look like they’ll be fairly warm tomorrow for some areas. South Sound will actually hit their high mid morning, before the system hits, getting up into the high 50s, possibly even breaking 60s. As for the rest of us, we can expect mostly mid to high 50s somewhat early as well, cooling as the system moves in. Lows will be in the high 40s. Sunday will have central Sound being the warmest this time, getting up to the high 50s, while the rest of the sound will see mid 50s. Lows overnight will be in the mid to low 40s.
TL;DR: Another system will be moving in for Saturday, but things look to stay warm at least.