AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for February 16 to February 22, 2013

Rain in Western Washington on Saturday; Cooler and Unsettled Next Week

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

A storm system will bring rain to western Washington on Saturday, along with breezy conditions east of the Cascades. Colder air will move into the region behind the system, especially in the mountains. Sunday will see drier conditions, as a transient ridge of high pressure builds across the state. By Monday, another low pressure system will track toward the region from the north. The storm will likely remain far enough offshore that western Washington should receive most of the light rainfall, although there will be a slight chance of showers east of the Cascades. As a deep trough crosses the area on Tuesday, cool conditions are expected, although most of the storm energy will remain south of the region. For the remainder of the week, there will be a slight chance of showers at times, especially west of the Cascades. However, many areas will be mostly dry next week. Although periodically unsettled weather is expected in the coming days, no major storms or significant precipitation events are anticipated through the middle of next week. More active and wet weather could come to western Washington by late next week or next weekend.

Temperatures
  • Generally near to above normal on Saturday.
  • Cooler next week, with near to below normal temperatures.

Rainfall
  • Rain in western Washington on Saturday. Mostly dry on Sunday.
  • A chance of rain or showers on Monday, especially near the coast.
  • Drier around mid week.
  • A chance of rain again late in the week, especially in western Washington.
  • Mostly dry overall next week east of the Cascades.

Wind
  • Breezy to windy Saturday afternoon and evening, especially in central Washington.
  • Light breezes at times next week.

Frost Risk Summary
  • This weekend: Moderate to high risk east of the Cascades.
  • Next week: High risk east of the Cascades, and moderate risk in western areas.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - February 23 to March 1
  • Periodically unsettled weather is expected for the end of February, with near to slightly below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

Important Points about Next Week's Weather

South Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs around 50 and lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry, and becoming windy on Saturday.
  • Highs in the 50s on Saturday, and mid 40s to mid 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry, with a slight chance of showers early in the week.
  • Cool, especially early in the week.
  • Highs in the 40s to low 50s.
  • Lows in the 20s to mid 30s.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s.
Weekend
  • A slight chance of rain or snow on Saturday night.
  • Highs in the 40s.
  • Lows in the 20s to low 30s.
Next Week
  • A slight chance of rain or snow at times.
  • Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
  • Lows in the 20s.

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid to upper 40s and lows around 30.
Weekend
  • Rain likely, or possibly wet snow, on Saturday.
  • Highs in the 40s on Saturday, and mid 30s to mid 40s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 20s to low 30s.
Next Week
  • A slight chance of rain or snow at times.
  • Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
  • Lows in the 20s to low 30s.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low to mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s.
Weekend
  • Rain likely on Saturday, and then mostly dry with a slight chance of showers on Sunday.
  • Highs in the mid 40s to low 50s.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain, especially at the coast on Monday and Monday night.
  • A chance of rain or showers for the rest of the week, along with dry periods.
  • Highs in the mid to upper 40s.
  • Lows in the 30s to low 40s.

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