AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for March 24 to March 30, 2012

Warmer and Drier This Weekend; Unsettled Conditions Return Next Week

Nic Loyd, Meteorologist, 509-786-9357
Gerrit Hoogenboom, Director, 509-786-9371

More seasonal weather will return to Washington this weekend as conditions become somewhat drier and temperatures warm to normal levels. An upper level low pressure area off the coast of California will induce southerly flow aloft, and will bring milder air into the region. Strong storms will stay away from Washington, although weak disturbances will rotate clouds and possibly light showers northward into Washington. The weather may become wetter and more active again next week, as the jet stream directs a moist southwesterly air flow toward the Northwest. There is a chance that cold areas could fall to below freezing on Saturday morning. Generally, nighttime conditions will be mild and above freezing from Sunday morning through the middle of next week, precluding significant frost concerns for agricultural interests.

Frost Alert Level
Saturday, March 24 Sunday, March 25 Monday, March 26 Tuesday, March 27 Wednesday, March 28
South Central Moderate Low Low Low Low
North Central Moderate Low Low Low Low
Eastern Low Low Low Low Low
Western Low Low Low Low Low

Important Points about Next Week's Weather

South Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low 60s and lows in the 30s.
Weekend
  • Partly cloudy and breezy. Mostly dry on Saturday, with a slight chance of showers on Sunday.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to 30s on Saturday morning, and mid 30s to mid 40s on Sunday morning.
  • Cold, sheltered areas could fall into the mid to upper 20s on Saturday morning.
Next Week
  • A slight chance of rain at times and breezy.
  • Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
  • Lows in the 30s around Yakima to low 40s around the Tri-Cities.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid 30s.
Weekend
  • A slight chance of showers by Sunday.
  • Highs in the 50s to low 60s.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s on Saturday morning, and 35 to 40 on Sunday morning.
  • Cold, sheltered areas could fall into the mid to upper 20s on Saturday morning.
Next Week
  • A slight chance of rain at times and breezy.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to low 60s.
  • Lows in the 30s around Omak to upper 30s to low 40s around Wenatchee.

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 30s.
Weekend
  • A chance of showers by Sunday.
  • Highs in the 50s to around 60.
  • Lows in the low to mid 30s on Saturday morning, and upper 30s to low 40s on Sunday morning.
  • There is a chance of temperatures slightly below freezing on Saturday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain at times.
  • Highs in the 50s.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to low 40s.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s to around 40.
Weekend
  • A chance of showers by Sunday.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to around 60, except around 50 near the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
  • There is a chance that sheltered locations may be slightly below freezing on Saturday morning.
Next Week
  • Rain likely at times and breezy.
  • Highs in the upper 40s to 50s.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s.

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