The Northwest will endure howling winds, rain and snow from a powerful Pacific storm through Monday, but the snow will not just be confined to the mountains.
While only rain will wet Seattle, Portland and the entire Interstate 5 corridor into Monday, enough cold is in place for substantial snow to bury the lower elevations east of the Washington Cascades.
Up to a half of a foot of snow will turn Wenatchee, Wash., into a winter wonderland tonight with 2-4 inches whitening Spokane, Wash.
The air is too warm farther to the south for anything but rain in Pendleton, Ore.
As one can expect, the Cascades will bear the brunt of the snowstorm with amounts approaching, and in some cases exceeding, a foot. Snow levels will be below the mountain passes.
Making travel even more hazardous and nearly impossible in some areas, strong winds will significantly blow and drift the snow around.
The combination of moisture from Erika and a non-tropical system will drench areas from Florida to the Georgia coast through the middle of the week.
A rapid shutdown of tropical activity and an end to hurricane season in early September is not likely this year, despite a strong El Nino.
Typhoons and building drought will impact more than one billion people in southeastern Asia this fall.
The vast majority of the time through the Labor Day weekend will feature sunshine with unseasonably warm afternoons around New York City.
Fall will make an early debut across the Northwest as October-like chill spreads across the region for the first week of September.
The calendar may be flipping to September but summer is not going anywhere just yet across the Northeast.
Los Angeles, CA (1955)
110 degrees, hottest day ever in September. This mark was tied September 4, 1988.
Milwaukee, WI (1988)
Hottest summer on record. Six days of 100 degrees or greater and 36 days of 90 or above. Average temperature of 73.8 beat the old record of 72.8 set in 1921 and 1955. The normal average tempera- ture for a summer in Milwaukee is 68.3 degrees.
Washington Co., IA (1897)
Hail fell and drifted in piles 6 feet deep in Washington County.