Wind, rain now; warmth returning later this week

Wind, rain now; warmth returning later this week

We're starting off our morning with breezy conditions and wet weather. Thanks to a cold front that's pushing through the region, Monday will be the windiest and wettest day of the workweek. However, the steady rain will become scattered this afternoon. Expect high temperatures to reach the mid-50s (about 5 degrees below the "norm" for this time of the year). 

If you're traveling through the Cascades, you'll be dealing with snow as another 2 to 4 inches will fall. There's a winter weather advisory in effect through noon today, with the heaviest snow falling near Stevens Pass. Make sure to click HERE for your up-to-the-minute road report.

In the meantime, we'll dodge some rain on Tuesday as conditions will start to dry out. Wednesday is our transition day as conditions start turning sunny. Long range models are calling for the warmth (near 70 degrees) to return by Thursday and Friday. 

The first day of boating season looks gorgeous, as of now.

Rain returns for most of week creating some flooding concerns

Rain returns for most of week creating some flooding concerns

We will see some light showers across a lot of western Washington Sunday morning. This is just a taste of some heavier rain to come over the next few days.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy with light showers at times. Highs will be in the low to mid 50s.

A stronger system shows up on Monday giving us periods of heavy rain. Highs will not budge.

The steady rain continues into Tuesday. By Wednesday morning we will need to be watching our rivers and streams. Some parts of the Cascade foothills could get 2 inches of rain over the first half of the week.

Wednesday and Thursday will be a mix of mostly cloudy skies and some light showers.

Another fairly strong system shows up on Friday.

Theron Zahn
The KOMO4 Forecast Team

Week starts off mostly sunny; clouds and rain expected to return

Week starts off mostly sunny; clouds and rain expected to return

We will see some nice sunbreaks outside Sunday morning. There are still a few lingering showers around the area, but they will die out by the afternoon. Highs today will drop back a few degrees to the mid to upper 40s.

High pressure builds in overnight giving us clear skies in most areas. Be ready for temps to drop below freezing in many spots, and some patches of black ice are possible on the roads for the Monday morning commute.

The rest of Monday is looking partly to mostly sunny. Highs will hit the mid to upper 40s.

Another soggy system is on track to arrive Tuesday. It will be a big change from the sunshine on Monday to the cloudy skies and rain on Tuesday.

We stay mostly cloudy on Wednesday with showers at times. More sunbreaks are on the way for Thursday and Friday.

Theron Zahn
The KOMO4 Forecast Team

Heavy snow continues in mountains, rain and wind in lowlands

Heavy snow continues in mountains, rain and wind in lowlands

We have another storm approaching the coast Sunday morning. Clouds will increase along with the rain and gusty winds by the afternoon. Highs will hit the mid to upper 40s or low 50s.

The mountains are in for another round of heavy snow by the end of the day. We expect up to 10 new inches by Monday morning. The winds in the lowlands will be the strongest along the coast and the north Sound. Those areas could see gusts up to 55mph.

Monday will start out stormy with rain and gusty winds. As the cold front moves to the east in the afternoon, things will calm down. Highs will hit the upper 40s.

Tuesday is looking like our best chance for some sunbreaks, before more active weather moves in on Wednesday.

Be careful traveling through the mountains today and tomorrow. You could be delayed by avalanche control work.

Theron Zahn
The KOMO4 Forecast Team

Cloudy skies, light showers expected for most of the week

Cloudy skies, light showers expected for most of the week

We will see gray skies to start your Sunday, but we will get to some nice sunbreaks by the afternoon. We do have Puget Sound Convergence Zone dying out this morning. There are some showers stretching from Skagit County, southeast into eastern King County Sunday morning. But those showers should only last a few more hours. Highs today will hit the mid to upper 40s.

We have a system that will push through on Monday giving us more light showers under gray skies. Highs will not change much.

Our next dry break comes on Tuesday and Wednesday, before more showers move in on Thursday.

Theron Zahn
KOMO 4 Weather

Expect classic mid-February showers, sun breaks this week

Expect classic mid-February showers, sun breaks this week

Mid-February...the time of year many Washingtonians start dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation.  With few exceptions, the gray has been here to stay for the last several weeks.  Even though a ridge of high pressure is nudging into the Northwest, it wasn't strong enough Saturday to successfully scrub out the cloud deck.  Overcast skies hung on for most of us throughout our Saturday, and highs topped out in the middle to upper 40s around the Sound (with Olympia shooting ahead to the 50-degree mark).  Light drizzle fell from the low clouds, with minimal amounts of rain recorded in Bellingham, Forks, and at Sea Tac.

We should dry out and clear out somewhat overnight, so lows will still drop into the 30s by dawn.  Some spots in the South Sound will hover near freezing early on, and with patchy fog, freezing fog could still make for some black ice around sunrise.

Sunday afternoon should prove a bit brighter and slightly warmer as the high builds in further.  Afternoon temperatures will hover near 50° where the blue sky is able to overtake the gray.

Fog to move through making way for wet work week

Fog to move through making way for wet work week

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow Saturday in Pennsylvania (which, according to legend, predicts an early spring is on the way), and neither did we...!  The low clouds and fog were SO stubborn around the interior of the Sound, that the forecasted clearing just never took place for most of us.

Highs only topped out in the low 40s for Seattle, Tacoma and Everett.  In places where the sunshine did take over?  50s to nearly 60 degrees!  Blue skies and highs in the upper 50s made for a glorious afternoon at the beaches and into parts of the Willamette Valley. 

We'll start our Sunday with that same fog-soup, but as a system approaches from the Pacific, we should see enough surface wind that the fog is pulled apart and ripped away by lunch time.  This will allow a bit of sun to shine through before the high clouds take over by late afternoon. Temps in the interior will hit the middle to upper 40s on Sunday.

Soggy weather expected to start off work week

Soggy weather expected to start off work week

The sun is now officially setting after 5 o'clock in the evening....a sign that spring is somewhere around the corner.  Another sign that spring is nearing?  Mariners baseball!  Be sure to join Michelle Esteban and me Sunday at Mariners Fanfest:  a baseball themed carnival right at Safeco Field.  You can run the bases, get an autograph from some of the players, meet the Moose, and even ride a zipline over the field (how cool is THAT?)!  The event runs from 11 to 4 pm.

We saw plenty of rain Saturday morning thanks to the passing of a trough of low pressure, but the precipitation turned much more showery by late in the day.  Highs warmed into the middle and upper 40s, which is just about where we should be this time of year. Early morning lows on Sunday will drop into the middle and upper 30s.

Another disturbance will approach from the Gulf of Alaska Sunday, increasing the cloud deck again by afternoon, and bringing steady rain back in by early evening.

Foggy, hazy weather continues until changes come midweek

Foggy, hazy weather continues until changes come midweek

New day, same January pattern:  a glorious ridge of high pressure is planted over the Eastern Pacific, bringing quiet, peaceful weather to the Pacific Northwest.  Any other time of year this would probably be a very welcome visitor, but in the winter?  Not so much. That monster high pushes down on us--keeping us rain-free, yes--but also trapping plenty of fog and low cloud cover in the interior of the Sound.  As a result, overnight lows keep dropping into the 20s, whereas afternoon highs are struggling to get a few degrees above freezing.  Not exactly the pleasant scenario we envision when high pressure comes to town!

Air quality continues to deteriorate, as wood smoke and vehicle emissions are trapped near the ground.  An AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY is in place for much of Western and all of Eastern Washington until noon on Tuesday.  And as tempting as a crackling fire sounds, it's a big no-no for Thurston, Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties, as a Stage 1 Burn Ban is still in effect. This means that you can't burn anything in your fireplace unless it's your only form of adequate heat.  {Certified wood-stoves are acceptable, however}  Lows will again drop into the middle 20s to about 30 degrees in Puget Sound, and more fog and freezing fog will keep visibility low and the chance for black ice high.  Be careful navigating around out there Sunday morning!

Chilly temps to make for icy morning commutes; sun expected to stick around

Chilly temps to make for icy morning commutes; sun expected to stick around

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SEAHAWKS PLAYOFF FORECAST:  Partly sunny skies with a few scattered showers moving over the Georgia Dome on Sunday.  Temperatures will be in the middle 60s around kick-off, warming into the low 70s by the 4th quarter.
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It’s going to be another frosty morning across western Washington. Tacoma and other parts of Pierce County are waking up in the teens. We also have some patchy areas of fog.

The rest of the day will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 30s.

The workweek will bring mostly cloudy skies on Monday. Get ready for some icy roads for the morning commute. There is a slight chance a little moisture could sneak in here during the morning hours giving us very light flurries in the Puget Sound Convergence Zone. Highs will climb a few degrees to the low 40s.