Friday December 19
<< Yellow Alert for Flood Potential >>
Too bad the last big weekend before Christmas will be trumped
by a major rain event.
The dark clouds & buckets of rain are on tap. Portions of the west
slopes of the Cascades could receive 4-8 inches in 24 hrs or less.
Snow level will rise, so all the precip will rush downstream to low
spots. Be alert if your abode is near flood-prone waterways. Wind
will be noticed.
It will begin to dry down by Monday afternoon. Rather mild temps,
too. The next interesting system arrives on Christmas Eve. There is
consistency in a wet, cool storm moving in as the holiday arrives.
SNOW levels will most definitely drop as cold, dry air sweeps in
behind the system on Christmas Day. If enough moisture remains,
it may be cold enough for snow showers for some white flakes at the
surface, esp. north of Salem/Olympia. Ground will be too warm for
Generally, it will be mostly dry and chilly the week after Christmas,
turning either very COLD or back to rain by the New Year. There may
be rain/snow mix showers around the 27-28th. You should be prepared
for an Arctic event, just in case (meaning, you are not home and freeze
protection readiness is needed before you go).