Temperatures this time of year around the Northwest typically linger in the upper 60s to low 70s. However the forecast calls for our weather to be much cooler than that through the end of this week.
So, why is it so cold across the Northwest? Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said we’re in the middle of an active weather pattern.
“We had that one very cold system plunge due south out of Canada, this one is coming at us from Alaska and they just continue to bring very cold arctic type air down into the area. And as you noted, it’s very unusual for this time of year to have one, let alone two of these systems go through.”
Overnight temperatures are expected to dip well below freezing over the next couple of days. Lohmann added those hoping to see some rain, you’ll need to be patient.
“These systems are rolling through every three to five days, and it does look like one that’s headed for us about mid-week next week will be bringing in a little bit more moisture, and hopefully we’ll get some rain on the ground instead of just these showers. It has been, over the last two weeks, quite dry across the region.”
With those cold temperatures are precipitation rolling in, do we need to worry about snow. Lohmann said the snow should stay in the higher elevations, and low lying area should see rain.