AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for February 11 to February 17, 2017

Generally Benign and Mild Conditions Through Tuesday; Possibly Wetter Later Next Week

Nic Loyd, Meteorologist, 509-786-9357

The weather in the coming days is expected to deliver what should be for many folks a welcome respite from the recent active conditions. Following some lingering shower chances and slightly unsettled conditions early on Saturday, building high pressure will usher in a drier and calmer pattern through early next week. Luckily, diminishing rainfall and decreasing snowmelt will mean less water flowing into rising streams and storm drains than today. The “dirty” ridge of high pressure is likely to be somewhat weak and does not look to persist for a prolonged interval. Therefore, strong and widespread inversions are not anticipated to develop, as anemic systems periodically chip away at the ridge. Even if some areas experience morning fog / low clouds and a degree of air stagnation, conditions are forecast to improve during the afternoons. As the atmospheric circulation pattern shifts toward a moist, southerly flow over Washington later in the period, a return to a more unsettled and mild regime may occur. It is a bit early to declare the end of the 2016/2017 winter season, but it does not appear that there is any hazardous winter weather on the horizon.

Temperatures
  • Generally near to slightly above normal.
  • Possibly warmer later next week.

Precipitation
  • A slight chance of rain in especially western areas on Saturday, otherwise mainly dry through early next.
  • Possibly wetter later next week.

Wind
  • Breezy on Saturday, and possibly later next week.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - February 18, 2017 to February 24, 2017
  • Overall, 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 mid 40s to low 50s and lows in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry.
  • Highs in the 40s to low 50s on Saturday, and mid 30s to 40s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 20s to mid 30s on Saturday morning, and 20s to mid 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry early. A chance of rain later in the week.
  • Highs in the mid 30s to 40s early, and possibly warmer later in the week.
  • Lows in the 20s to mid 30s early, and warmer later in the week.

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

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the 40s and lows in the mid 20s to low 30s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry.
  • Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s on Saturday, and upper 30s to mid 40s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 20s to mid 30s on Saturday morning, and 20s to mid 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry early. A chance of rain later in the week.
  • Highs in the upper 30s to 40s early, and possibly warmer later in the week.
  • Lows in the 20s to mid 30s early, and warmer later in the week.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 30s to low 40s.
Weekend
  • A slight chance of rain on Saturday.
  • Highs in the mid 40s to low 50s on Saturday, and mid 40s to mid 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 30s to low 40s on Saturday morning, and 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry early. Rain likely later in the week.
  • Highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
  • Lows in the 30s early, and warmer later in the week.
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