AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for February 27 to March 4, 2016

Unsettled and Mild Conditions as We Transition Into March

Nic Loyd, Meteorologist, 509-786-9357

The now familiar El Niño-induced regime that has monopolized the weather pattern for most of 2016 will continue its dominion over the region in the coming days. Warmer than normal temperatures are likely, along with the periodic passage of weak to moderate strength disturbances that emanate from the monster Pacific trough and then shear apart as they encounter a modest ridge over Washington.

Specifically, lingering showers are expected on Saturday morning, except in central Washington, as one storm departs the area. Another system should bring additional light rainfall on Sunday. Next week generally looks unsettled and at times breezy, with periodic rain chances and mild temperatures.

Temperatures
  • Above normal overall.
  • Cooler early next week, and then warmer later next week.

Precipitation
  • Rain likely at times in the west.
  • A chance of rain at times east of the Cascades.

Wind
  • Breezy at times, especially on Saturday and Monday.

Frost Risk Summary
  • This Weekend: Low to moderate risk on Saturday morning, and moderate risk on Sunday morning.
  • Next Week: Moderate risk.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - March 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
  • Overall, above average temperatures and near 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 50s and lows in the low to mid 30s.
Weekend
  • A slight chance of rain, especially on Sunday.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s on Saturday, and mid 50s to low 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 40s on Saturday morning, and mid 30s to mid 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain at times, especially on Tuesday.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to low 60s early, and warmer later in the week.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s on Monday morning, and then cooler, and possibly warmer later in the week.

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

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s and lows in the low to mid 30s.
Weekend
  • A chance of rain at times.
  • Highs in the 50s to around 60 on Saturday, and upper 40s to 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to 40s on Saturday morning, and mid 30s to mid 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain at times.
  • Highs in the upper 40s to 50s early, and warmer later in the week.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s on Monday morning, and then cooler, and possibly warmer later in the week.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the 50s and lows in the upper 30s to low 40s.
Weekend
  • Showers on Saturday morning, and rain likely on Sunday.
  • Highs in the 50s on Saturday, and upper 40s to 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 40s on Saturday morning, and upper 30s to 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain at times.
  • Highs in the 50s early, and possibly warmer by mid week.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s on Monday morning, and then cooler, and possibly warmer later in the week.
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