Updated Wednesday 5:30 a.m.
A few relatively dry days kicked off our work week, but we're heading into a progressively wetter pattern for the rest of the week. Most of the wet weather has been steering toward the Bay Area of late, but we're pulling up some precip on the north side of a frontal system today. Light rain pushed into the Sound just in time for the morning commute, so we have a lot of wet pavement out there for the early drive. It's finally cold enough for some snow at pass level, and we'll see a few inches over Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes today (much-needed good news for the ski resorts!). Highs in the lowlands will top out in the upper 40s, so we're back in the 'near normal' range again after running so warm for much of December.
The precipitation will become more showery (calling all sunbreaks!) this afternoon, and we'll dry out with some patchy fog by Thursday morning. Another more vigorous system moves in Thursday night into Friday, with more soggy storms lined up to traipse through during the weekend, too. It will also be gusty at times as these systems start to focus on us rather than California: look for southerly gusts to 35+ mph by Saturday.
For better or for worse, temps do start to come up again by Sunday, with most of the I-5 corridor stretching past 50 degrees. As such, the snow level will rise...this will make for wet rather than white pass travel in the days leading up to Christmas, but unfortunately we won't see much snow at the area resorts as a result.
Have a great Wednesday, and Happy Hanukkah!
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team