A series of storms aimed at the Northwest will start on Saturday and continue well into next week. Each of the storms will bring a period of moderate to heavy rain west of the Cascades and snow in the Cascades along with lighter rain east of the Cascades along with some wind.
The first of the storms will move in Saturday with a four- to seven-hour period of moderate to heavy rain western areas with rain and showers spilling east of the Cascades in the afternoon and night.
Along with the rain will come a period of strong coastal winds and large seas build. Seas approaching 20 feet are likely offshore by afternoon with large, crashing waves at the beaches. From the WaveWatchIII model, here are the forecast waves.
The next storm will come in Sunday night and Monday with another period of steady rain and gusty winds.
And yet another one is forecast to arrive sometime Tuesday.
Between the major storms, the weather is not likely to be dry, especially from the Cascades on west. Moist, onshore winds will cause showers between these major storms at just about any time.
Snow levels will rise ahead of each storm then fall behind the cold fronts. The heaviest snow will be above pass level, but there will be periods of snow slick travel through the passes in the periods of colder air behind the cold fronts. Above 4,500 feet, several feet of snow are likely to fall over the next week.
Combine the cold with the wind and some precipitation and there is a real danger of hypothermia.
Any shower and thunderstorm can contain heavy downpours, heavy enough to cause temporary, low-lying ponding.
According to all long-range models, the warmest area in North America compared to average will be over the Northwest.
No matter where you are, the sunshine gets more intense and causes quicker burning
A series of upper level lows moving off the Pacific brings, cool, cloudy, unsettled weather through Monday.
We (Accuweather.com) saw a way that this winter could end up being a bust not a boon even during a Super El Nino.