Well, we got quite a bit of rain, as expected, with a few extra sun breaks as well.
Thursday – High 58°F, Low 44°F; Rain for much of the day, about half an inch in some places, and more in others. The most intense period was at the end of it around 8 or 9pm (depending on where you live), where Boeing Field got a whopping 0.29in of rain in just one hour. Winds were breezy and gusty all day.
Friday – High 59°F; No rain today, with mostly to partly cloudy skies. Winds continued to be fairly breezy, with a few gusts here and there.
WARNINGS – It looks like NWS extended the Flood Warning until next Thursday. Other then that, we definitely have some Small Craft Advisories in effect right now for all wateways, and there may be some increased wind warnings tomorrow, possibly a Gale Warning. For more info, please see here.
We will start of in a fairly small ridge, which will start to transition into a trough, so we can expect a new system moving into the area as Saturday progresses. The brunt of that will pass by Sunday, where we will get an even smaller ridge, but that may give us a break. There’s always another side to the coin however, because there is a very large trough that will probably make landfall sometime early next week, but we’ll see how that goes on Monday.
It looks like another front will move into the area on Saturday, around noon (so right before the Husky Spring Game), but it doesn’t look like it’ll be dropping the temperatures. Things will start to clear up again on Sunday, but a cold front stalls off of the coast, so that may move in next week.
Rain will stay clear overnight, but as the front moves in tomorrow around noon, we can expect more rain to move in as well. Things will start to clear up a little bit in the evening, moving to scattered showers, slowly moving to no showers overnight. There will still be some precipitation in the mountains, mainly in the Olympics, but the lowlands look fairly clear. There is a little bit of a plume on the CAPE model Saturday evening, so I won’t be ruling out the chance for a thunderstorm or two in the lowlands, but with how the thunderstorms have been acting lately (or lack of thunderstorms really), I don’t hold out too much hope.
Cloud cover will stay partly cloudy until the front moves in, when clouds will obviously increase. The clouds lessen very quickly though, giving us more party cloudy skies starting Saturday evening. We’ll see an increase again as the second front tries to move in on Sunday, but there shouldn’t be too much rain associated with it in the lowlands at least.
There will be some snow associated with the front since it’s still cold enough in the mountains, but I’ve been seeing the areas affected starting to fall lately. I feel like by our next warm up, we’ll see a significant decrease in snow. But since it’s still popping up, I’ll still post it. The hardest hit will be the northern Cascades since there will be a convergence zone forming in that area Saturday evening. Everything will weaken by Sunday morning to the point where there will be only a couple small showers here and there.
Here are the 24hr precipitation totals,
And here are the 48hr snow totals.
Winds will increase as they usually do when a front moves in. The hardest hit will be the usual places: all waterways and the mountains. But the lowlands will definitely get their share, mainly in the evening, and we can expect some gusty conditions as well. By Sunday morning, the lowlands will have calmed a bit, but the waterways will still see some higher winds, mainly north of Kitsap. By the end of the forecast, all areas should be relatively calm.
We can expect temperatures to be about the same as it has been. Saturday will see highs in the mid to high 50s, and actually climbing as you get into the Cascade foothills. This may help with the possibility of thunderstorms, but we’ll see. Lows will be in the mid 40s. Sunday will see highs in the high 50s, with a good chance to hit 60, and an even better chance at getting above 60 if you’re in the south Sound, mainly from Seattle south. Lows will be in the high 40s.
TL;DR: Rain jacket tomorrow, light jacket Sunday