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

Much Warmer Weather Expected For Mid March

Nic Loyd, Meteorologist, 509-786-9357

As we prepare to spring our clocks forward by one hour this weekend, Mother Nature looks to follow suit by springing the temperatures forward by a month or more. For the first time in a long time, an extended interval of widespread above normal temperatures is expected for the state. Following a seasonal Saturday, much warmer weather will start to arrive as early as Sunday. Given that normal temperature values are beginning to increase rather quickly during March, this major pattern shift is likely to seem fairly dramatic after the recent cold winter. In fact, widespread highs in the 60s will be possible around the middle of next week in south central Washington. The larger issue may actually be the mild mornings, as low temperatures will be above freezing for most locations by Monday, and well into the 40s in some areas. Aside from the balmy temperatures, variable conditions should occur, as periodic storms clip Washington with rain and breezes. Most areas east of the Cascades should be somewhat dry at times, while periodic rain can be expected in especially northern parts of western Washington. The rapid mountain snowmelt should also cause rising rivers and streams. At least for now, it appears that spring-like weather is here to stay.

Temperatures
  • Generally above normal.
  • Becoming warmer on Sunday, and especially early next week.

Precipitation
  • Rain or showers at times in western Washington.
  • A chance of rain at times east of the Cascades.

Wind
  • Breezy to possibly windy at times.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - March 18, 2017 to March 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 50s to low 60s and lows in the mid to upper 30s.
Weekend
  • A slight chance of rain on Saturday.
  • Highs in the mid 40s to 50s on Saturday, and mid 50s to mid 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the 30s to around 40 on Saturday morning, and 30s to mid 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A slight chance of rain at times.
  • Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s on Monday, and then becoming warmer.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s on Monday morning, and then becoming warmer.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low to mid 50s and lows in the low 30s.
Weekend
  • A chance of rain, mainly on Saturday.
  • Highs in the 40s on Saturday, and upper 40s to mid 50s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the low to mid 30s on Saturday morning, and 30s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain at times.
  • Highs in the 50s on Monday, and then becoming warmer.
  • Lows in the mid 30s to low 40s on Monday morning, and then becoming warmer.

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

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
  • Rain likely, especially on Saturday.
  • Highs in the low to mid 50s on Saturday, and mid 50s to low 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s on Saturday morning, and 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Rain or showers likely at times, especially in the north.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to low 60s.
  • Lows in the 40s to low 50s.


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