But for now, barbecues are relegated to just being good spots to measure any snow that might fall over the next four days, courtesy of some cold air from the Gulf of Alaska.
A Convergence Zone was raging in its usual North Seattle-to-Everett area Wednesday evening but other than the zone, we don't have a lot of moisture to work with -- just a few isolated showers. But we are going to be cold enough that whatever falls should be enough to at least be snow. Whether it sticks to much is another matter and mainly based on whether you have any kind of elevation.
For Wednesday evening and early night, it's just a few isolated rain/snow showers except for the Convergence Zone areas between Seattle and Everett where it'll be rainy through the evening with some wet snow and/or ice pellets and hail mixed in.
Once we get past midnight Thursday morning, snow levels will be down to a few hundred feet and any shower will likely be snow. But again, we're not talking about much in the way of showers for much of the region, so you'll have to hope one finds you and even if it does, accumulations are expected to be less than an inch.
But there is one chunk of the region that has a bit better chance of seeing a little snow -- that would still be this pesky Convergence zone area in I-5 corridor between the King/Snohomish County line but also all the way up through Whatcom County, as well as Island and San Juan Counties.
That's due to some potential additional convergence -- not just the traditional Convergence Zone but a further north convergence zone where winds from the Strait of Georgia collide with winds coming east down the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That usually affects further northern areas like Skagit and Whatcom County.
It doesn't mean a widespread snow from Lynnwood to Bellingham, it just means this area has a little better chance of seeing snow in spots than the rest of the region. Any snow would likely be limited to an inch or two. Lows this evening across the region will be in the low-mid 30s.
For Thursday, it'll be generally a mostly cloudy day but a few showers will remain roaming around the region and once again, it could be a mix of rain/snow or a wet snow, especially above 500 feet, but no issues expected.
We're all dry and clearing out Thursday night but with clearing skies and cold air in place, lows Thursday night into Friday morning could be the coldest of the season so far. Temperatures are expected to generally drop into the low-mid 20s but teens are likely in Whatcom County near the Fraser River outflow. Thus plan on potential very icy commute Friday morning.
The rest of Friday will be partly sunny but cold with highs in the mid 30s.
Our next potential bout with snow comes on Saturday, although it's a bit uncertain. Some forecast models show potential showers rolling through Western Washington Saturday into Saturday night. It looks cold enough that any moisture that falls would be snow and there could be some light accumulations across the region where these hit-and-miss showers roam. However, other models keep the moisture offshore and leave the inland dry, leaving us cold and dry. Stay tuned there. Lows Friday night will again be in the 20s, with highs Saturday only in the mid 30s.
Models are fairly sure we're dry again Sunday into the early next week. Highs will gradually warm into the low-mid 40s by the middle of the week.