Updated Friday 6:50 a.m.
It's Black Friday in Western Washington, and we have gray skies in place for one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Temperatures have cooled back down to where they're supposed to be in late November, so whether you're heading into downtown Seattle for the Parade, to Gilman Village in Issaquah for some holiday shopping, or to Point Defiance for the kick off of Zoo Lights, bring a jacket to tuck yourself in. Temperatures will start in the 40s and end up on either side of 50 degrees.
It won't be terribly wet today as the rain steers mostly into British Columbia, but we'll still see some light shower action from time to time, especially for all of the communities closer to the Canadian border. Only a handful of rivers remain under a flood warning, and those left on the list will crest and recede as the day goes on. With the temperatures back down, the snow level is back down as well. The higher passes like Stevens may see some occasional snow, with a rain/wet snow mix in the cards for Snoqualmie. The ski resorts, especially those closer to B.C. like Baker, will pick up some light snow as they try to rebuild the base that was washed down by the recent warm rain.
Things don't get seriously soggy again until we hit the weekend. A stronger storm due in Saturday afternoon will push increasing steady rain back into the region. In fact, at this point it looks like the rain will intensify *just* as the Apple Cup is getting underway at Husky Stadium. Highs will jump up into the middle 50s during the day, so it will be warmer, but definitely pack the rain gear if you'll be spending time at Montlake cheering on the Cougs or Dawgs Saturday night.
The warm frontal portion of this storm comes through on Saturday, but on Sunday, the cold front behind it will make its mark. In the lowlands, the steady rain continues, but it will be cooler, with highs dropping down mainly into the upper 40s. Up in the Cascades, the snow will come down harder too, and the snow level will drop throughout the day. If you have pass travel in your plans for the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, it may be best to leave early on Sunday rather than later. Eventually the snow could get heavy even over Snoqualmie Pass on Sunday afternoon or evening.
A day between storms on Monday means we'll be back to showers and sunbreaks, and then another round of lowland rain and mountain snow comes in on Tuesday as another late November storm pulls into port. Nothing we aren't used to this time of year!
I hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team
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