Updated Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
Microclimates are in full force today, with several inches of rain in the mountains triggering some river flooding, and about 3/4" of an inch of rain in Seattle... and a "drizzle storm" in the North Sound where Everett has amassed a full 0.01" of rain in fog and mist since 8 a.m. Olympic Rain Shadow to the rescue!
The warm front that brought all the rain/drizzle has moved north to roost along the Canadian border for a while, keeping rain going up there, but giving the Puget Sound area and points south a bit of a respite, with just some light showers overnight and lows in the mid 40s. Flood Warnings are still in effect for 5 rivers as of Tuesday evening: The Snoqualmie, Carbon, Cowlitz, Nisqually and Puyallup, but they are expected to crest this evening and begin their retreat.
Wednesday-day is our lull as we wait for the next storm to wind up and arrive. It'll remain mostly cloudy with a few spots of rain here and there with highs in the mid-upper 50s.
The next storm then finally brings a renewed round of steady moderate-to-heavy rain Wednesday night and through Thanksgiving with highs in the upper 50s. Rain changes to showers Friday and begins to decrease as we spin the weather pattern around 180 degrees (figuratively -- no lows of -130 here) to a colder, drier pattern as the winds shift to the north and we return to a chilly, breezy pattern like we had earlier this month. Lows Friday night under clearing skies will drop to the low-mid 30s and Saturday's highs are expected to only be in the low 40s. Cold air will also be rolling into Eastern Washington -- probably only going to be in the 20s in Pullman for the Apple Cup (thanks for that 7:30 p.m. start!)
Back here, expect temperatures down into the 20s Saturday night, and then another sunny, chilly day for Sunday with highs again in the low 40s.
Forecast models are struggling with what to do beyond that; some staying dry, others sneaking a little bit of moisture in from the south. The latter one could be interesting if it's still cold, but too early to start raising eyebrows over it yet... only one eyebrow raise max for now :)
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