Flurries possible as chilly weather pattern arrives next week
SEATTLE -- Mother Nature has been kind to sit on the sidelines for much of the Seahawks playoff run (with the notable exception of the Saints game) but as soon as the Super Bowl ends Sunday night, weather will be taking back some of our spotlight.
A rather chilly week is in the offing as the weather pattern shifts to channeling air into Western Washington from the Gulf of Alaska and the Yukon. But much like our last bout with cold weather, moisture will be in short supply so while seeing your breath won't be a challenge, seeing some snowflakes will be.
We maintain a status quo of dry weather over the weekend with highs in the mid 40s, but cooler air will begin to push into the region Sunday night into early Monday morning following a weak trough of low pressure pushing temperatures down to near freezing.
Thus, the air mass will be cool enough to bring snow levels down to around a few hundred feet late Sunday into early Monday - maybe even sea level -- but we are just dealing with some isolated showers so while a few snow showers are indeed possible in this time frame, any accumulations would be very light.
What few showers there will be should end from the north as the day progresses and temperatures should warm into the upper 30s making the isolated snow showers change to perhaps isolated rain/snow mix showers or maybe just plain rain. There is still some uncertainty how this will play out -- many areas may stay dry through the period, but some models say the showers could linger through Monday and maybe even into early Tuesday. And again, any accumulations are expected to be very light, and it does look dry from at least early Tuesday through Friday.
But one thing that does have high confidence is that colder air will continue to spill into the region Monday night and through much of the week, leaving highs Tuesday through Friday in the upper 30s with lows in the teens in the outlying areas to low-mid 20s in the city.
Long range models are keeping it cold for a while but are still struggling with figuring out any moisture -- not unlike the challenges we faced during our extended cold snap in December. That snap, as you know, ended up with hardly any snow and this one could as well. But we'll be keeping a close eye on things as the door will at least be open.