The holidays are in the rearview mirror and it is January – a month that tends to be dreamy for some who then wish to go somewhere, either into the backyard, or on the road for their weekend. Here is some weather information to help with whatever plans are in mind.
After a relatively dry Thursday and Friday, a Pacific frontal system is due to sweep onshore Saturday with rain developing along the coast during the morning and spread to the interior by midday. This system will also bring another round of fresh mountain snow. Then higher pressure aloft is anticipated to build onshore Sunday for a return to third weather with some sunbreaks in the cloud cover.
Rain will develop by midday Saturday and continue into the evening. Highs will be in the 40s – close to mid-January seasonal averages. Lows will drop into the mid and upper 30s with the rain tapering off. Sunday is expected to be a dry day with sunbreaks and highs in the 40s. The next set of King Tides will peak with over the weekend with Everett predicted high tides of just over 13 feet during the 6 AM hour, resulting in the potential for some low lying coastal flooding.
The incoming weather system will spread snow into the Cascades by early Saturday afternoon and continue into the evening before tapering off Sunday morning. The snow level Saturday will be around 2500 feet, dropping to near 1000 feet by Sunday morning. An additional 4 to 8 inches of fresh snow is expected, making Sunday the best day of the weekend to enjoy the slopes and backcountry. Be sure to check with the Northwest Avalanche Center for the latest mountain conditions before heading out into the backcountry. Also check the latest road conditions with the Washington State Dept of Transportation pass report before hitting the road. And remember, it is the law to always carry chains in your vehicle.
Rest of Western Washington
For those heading to the coast for storm watching or strolling on the beach, rain will start Saturday morning and taper off by evening. Southerly winds of up to 30 mph are also expected. Sunday looks like a dry day with sunbreaks. Highs both days will be in the 40s.
Further inland heading north to Bellingham or south to Portland, the weather will be similar to that expected in the North Sound.
If your plans are to head to Leavenworth or elsewhere east of the Cascades, light snow is likely later Saturday ending by Sunday morning. Highs both days will be in the 30s with lows dipping into the 20s.
Wherever you go this January weekend, enjoy it and be safe!