AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for March 22 to 28, 2014

Mostly Dry This Weekend; Rain Likely by the Middle of Next Week

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

Despite cold morning temperatures to start the first weekend of spring, a warming trend will begin on Saturday afternoon, and should persist into at least early next week. Although northern areas will have a chance of rain this weekend, most areas should be dry. As a ridge of high pressure builds in early next week, warmer day-time temperatures are likely. However, unsettled weather should arrive by mid week, as rain moves into western areas of the state, and possibly east of the Cascades. Increasing clouds and moisture will translate into warming low temperatures through the middle of next week, although high temperatures should begin to cool from west to east around mid week.

Temperatures
  • Cool on Saturday, and milder on Sunday.
  • Warmer early next week.
  • Cooler during the day by mid to late next week.

Precipitation
  • Light rain possible in the north this weekend, but mainly dry for most places.
  • Rain or showers developing on Tuesday in the west, and possibly spreading east around mid week.

Wind
  • Mainly light this weekend.
  • Breezy at times next week.

Frost Risk Summary
  • This weekend: High on Saturday morning, and moderate to high on Sunday morning.
  • Next week: Moderate in the east on Monday morning, and then low to moderate.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - March 29 to April 4
  • Overall, near to above average temperatures and near to above average precipitation are expected during the 8 to 14 day time frame.

Important Points about Next Week's Weather

South Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the upper 50s to low 60s and lows in the 30s.
Weekend
  • Partly sunny.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to low 60s on Saturday, and upper 50s to mid 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 20s on Saturday morning, and upper 20s to mid 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of rain showers by mid week.
  • Highs in the 60s to low 70s, and possibly cooler later in the week.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to 30s on Monday morning, and then mid 30s to 40s.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows in the mid 30s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of rain showers.
  • Highs in the 50s on Saturday, and mid 50s to low 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 20s on Saturday morning, and upper 20s to mid 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry. A chance of rain showers by mid week.
  • Highs in the upper 50s to 60s, and cooler later in the week.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to 30s on Monday morning, and then 30s to mid 40s.

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low to mid 50s and lows in the mid 30s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry.
  • Highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s on Saturday, and 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 20s on Saturday morning, and upper 20s to mid 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry early, and then rain showers likely by mid week.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s, and possibly cooler later in the week.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to 30s on Monday morning, and then mid 30s to mid 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 low 40s.
Weekend
  • A chance of rain in northern areas, otherwise mainly dry.
  • Highs in the 50s to around 60 on Saturday, and mid 50s to low 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s on Saturday morning, and 30s to mid 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Rain developing by Tuesday.
  • Highs in the upper 50s to 60s on Monday, and then 50s to mid 60s.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s on Monday morning, and then upper 30s to 40s, and possibly cooler later in the week.

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