Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 3:30 P.M.
It’s been a partly cloudy day, although with a bit less sun than we expected. Temperatures have been cooler than forecast as well. A gusty east wind has been blowing out of the Gorge into the east side of the metro area. This evening a weak weather system moves inland with rain arriving along the I-5 corridor by 8-10pm. It will be a mild night.
Later tonight a cold front arrives with more rain and a gusty southerly wind. The first half of tomorrow should be showery with south wind gusts 20-30 mph. Both the showers and wind will die down in the afternoon, but a shower chance continues through sunset.
Thursday a stronger weather system arrives in the late afternoon. Much of the day should be dry and mild ahead of the rain.
The Thursday night system opens the door to a series of Pacific storms hitting the West Coast through the weekend and into the middle of next week. Some of these will bring abundant rain, especially Saturday and Tuesday. Mountain snow should stay above the passes, but on the higher slopes there could be quite a bit of snow early next week.
We’ll be watching closely for any possible wind storms or flooding rains out of these systems. At this point we don’t see anything specific, but it’ll be an active weather pattern that could produce either event.