The pleasant early fall weather the Pacific Northwest has enjoyed for the past week or so will give way to a more active weather pattern in the coming days. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said storms will roll in from the Pacific starting Wednesday. She noted the first system will bring showers to the mountains, but dry conditions will most likely continue in the lower elevations.
“But the system on Sunday is expected to bring in another round of the colder air that we talked about, but it also could bring in a chance of precipitation that should see maybe just a few hundredths to a few tenths down into the lower elevations, so it does look like we might see something down in the lower elevations, especially along the foothill areas and as you get into eastern Oregon and far eastern Washington.”
Lohmann noted that over the next week, daytime highs will drop roughly 10 degrees, and many areas could see overnight lows in the 30s. And it looks like this active patterns will remain for the region over the next two weeks.
“Cold temperatures will continue with below normal temperatures on out through that 10-14 day period. Once again, I think the mountains will see some precipitation but it’s not as clear cut for the lower elevations. I really don’t think we’ll see a lot so, maybe near normal precipitation to below normal, unfortunately.”
With those cooler temperatures, Lohmann says the snow elevation across Oregon and Washington will drop to 4,000’ this week, and as low as 2,000’ next week.