Updated Saturday at 5: 40 p.m.
I don't know about you, but I loved our tiny storm clouds today! We had very low-level wind shear and instability in the atmosphere; it was just enough to generate some very photogenic, ominous cloud formations.
Around midnight, our next "weather maker" (an approaching occluded front) will be producing heavy rain along the coast. There could also be gusts up to 40 mph along the northern coastline overnight. This line of rain marches into Puget Sound into early Sunday morning. As this precipitation pushes into Western Washington, showers could come down heavily enough to cool the atmosphere, resulting in a brief rain/snow mix for some on the Olympic Peninsula (especially for communities like Neah Bay and Forks), in Southwest Washington (counties like Pacific, Lewis and Wahkiakum) and the Hood Canal. Even spots like Olympia and the South Sound could see "chunky rain" overnight -- a mix of rain and wet snow. Keep in mind: it's highly unlikely that any lowland snow will stick overnight.
Sunday, on-and-off showers are in the forecast. A few inches could accumulate over the mountain passes, but it should be very manageable for drivers who are used to winter-driving. Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast on Sunday. There could be weak, non-severe thunderstorms Sunday, possibly as early as roughly 10 a.m. The chance for lightning and thunder lingers into the afternoon. Pockets of small hail are a possibility as well. It will be breezy-to-locally windy on Sunday. Gusts could reach 20-30 mph across much of the region. Some gusts could blow to 40 mph for the Strait, San Juans and the Northwest Interior. Highs will reach the mid to upper 40s.
Monday looks dry, mostly sunny and mild. After a chilly morning, highs will reach the mid 50s. Enjoy the pleasant weather!
There could be isolated showers on Tuesday, but most neighborhoods will end up dry.
We continue the pattern of chilly mornings with patchy fog and afternoon sunshine through Thursday. While it's possible the dry conditions linger into Friday, the models aren't aligning quite yet. Currently, the day looks to be a toss-up between dry and damp weather.
Next Saturday, models hint at a low chance for foothill snow, but that is highly subject to change. We hope you stay tuned for more details in the days to come.
We invite you to watch KOMO News tonight!
Meteorologist Abby Acone
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