Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Welcome Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Team of Foot's Forecast is pleased to introduce our newest Apprentice Forecaster, MARK INGALLS of Southeast Washington.  Mark is a high school student with experience in forecasting and a passion for weather. He will be leading forecasts for the Pacific Northwest, Eastern Washington and other areas,  as well as collaborating with our Central and Eastern U.S. teams and professional meteorologists around the country.

Tuesday, 4/19/2011 
Good day Northwest! This is Apprentice Forecaster Mark with your Tuesday regional roundup. We had a chilly start to our morning across much of the region today, with lows reaching below freezing in most areas. Also, this morning, there is some shower activity in the Everett area that might drop some snow or freezing rain.

Overview Throughout the day today, expect a scattered drizzle in the lowlands of Western Washington, the Okanogan Mountains, and along the Washington/Idaho border, along with flurries in areas above 1500 feet. This system is not expected to impact travel over the Cascades. Elsewhere, high pressure will remain dominant, bringing sunny skies to the Tri-Cities and Yakima areas. For updated weather in the Columbia Basin, check out my local sitehttp://mizweather.blogspot.com

In Washington This weather pattern can be expected to last through the week, with highs this week will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s in the Tri-Cities and Yakima, and mid to low 50s in Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver. Freezing level today across the Cascades will be 2500 feet, meaning all of the major mountain passes will not get above 32F.

In Oregon Astoria area, along with a chance of valley rain and mountain snow in the Blue and Wallowa Mountains east of Pendleton. A storm will move in from the southwest on Wednesday that will bring valley rain and mountain snow to most of Oregon except the Columbia Basin. Temperatures across the state this week will reach into the upper 50s in the Pendleton area along with the Columbia River George and the Willamette Valley including Portland and Eugene. Low to mid 60s can be expected farther south along I-5 in Roseburg and Medford, and the high deserts in the southeast can expect a high in the mid to upper 40s. Freezing level will be 4200 feet in the Blues, and 4500 feet in the Oregon Cascades.

For Idaho and Western Montana In the mountains north of the Snake River Valley, one can expect scattered snowfall today, with the highest chance of snow just south of I-90 between Coeur d’Alene and Missoula. There will be a break in the precipitation tonight before another storm pushes in from California on Wednesday evening, bring a chance of rain from Boise up the Snake to Rexburg, and a chance of snow north of these areas with the exception of Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene which can expect drizzle. 

Temperatures across much of the state will remain pretty chilly, with the warmest areas (Boise, and Twin Falls) expecting highs of around 50, warming up a few degrees tomorrow. Lewiston can expect a high in the upper 40s, with Coeur d’Alene in the low to mid 40s. Freezing levels will be around 2600 feet in the central portion of the state. 

On behalf of the entire Foot’s Forecast Team, thanks for reading, I am Mark Ingalls in Kennewick, WA wishing you a great Tuesday!


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