Cool, Soggy Weekend for Seattle, Portland
April 06, 2013; 4:42 PM
After temperatures surged into the 70s last weekend in much of the Pacific Northwest, a period of cool, wet weather is in store for the next several days.
Rain will continue through the weekend in Seattle and Spokane, Wash., as well as Portland, Salem and Eugene, Ore.
A series of storm systems will trigger the rain through early Monday. Following the passage of a cold front on Saturday, another system right on its heels will move in on Saturday night and last through Sunday, bringing another round of locally heavy rain.
Including the rain that fell on Friday, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected from Seattle to Portland, with heavier amounts along the coast and in the mountains. The heavy rain amounts may led to minor flooding in some areas.
Snow will mix with the rain down to pass level in the Cascades of Washington and Oregon. That being said, the best chance for accumulating snow through Sunday appears to be above pass level, where several inches of snow will accumulate.
Wind will be another factor with the system Saturday night and Sunday, with wind gusts over 50 mph across the higher elevations of Oregon.
A ridge in the jet stream will build in after the weekend, putting an end to the steadier rain and only leaving a few showers.
Even with a return to sunshine on Tuesday, temperatures will still be near or slightly below average, which is a far cry from the temperatures near 70 last weekend.
By AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Thompson