After several locations across the Northwest ended the weekend on a soggy note from a strong storm system, more unsettled weather is on the way for the first half of the week.
This weekend's storm delivered some pretty hefty rainfall amounts as it moved through western Washington on Saturday afternoon and out of the Northwest on Sunday night.
A general 0.50-1.00 inches of rain fell across coastal locations of Washington and Oregon from late on Saturday into Sunday with many areas in the Cascades picking up over an inch of rain.
The Olympic Mountains of Washington received the most rainfall this weekend, with up to 7 inches. Some locations in the northern Cascades had as much as 6 inches of rain.
On Sunday, Quillayute, Wash., picked up 2.62 inches of rain which broke the record of 2.02 inches set in 2006.
After respite from the rain this morning across the Northwest, a faster and more vigorous frontal system will bring another round of significant rain this afternoon and lasting into tonight.
Rain and wind will increase across the Pacific Northwest this afternoon as the powerful Pacific storm approaches the region.
Another 2-4 inches of rain will be likely in the Olympics and Cascades with another general 1-2 inches falling in many of the valleys.
Periods of moderate to heavy rain will be possible which will lead to areas of standing water and slick roadways. Travelers can anticipate slow travel on the interstates. The rain will likely lead to some delays at airports across the region.
Sustained winds over the coastal locations of Washington and Oregon will be between 20-30 mph through Tuesday with gusts as high as 50 mph.
The adverse weather will then spread across the rest of the Northwest and northern Rockies on Monday night into Tuesday. A healthy, widespread dosing of rain will fall across these locations as well.
As the storm system passes through central and eastern Washington and Oregon on Tuesday, it will bring widespread gusty winds to the Columbia Basin, the Yakima Valley and the foothills of the Blue Mountains.
Sustained winds of 30-40 mph with gusts greater than 50 mph will be common. Winds of this magnitude could cause damage to power lines, trees and loose outdoor lawn furniture. High profile vehicles will also be impacted and operators should use caution, especially when crossing through the passes.
Dry weather is expected on Wednesday as high pressure builds across the Northwest. Some more unsettled weather may arrive to portions of northwestern Washington on Thursday.
While prospects for a white Christmas are grim along the I-95 corridor, many communities from the Great Lakes to the Rockies should enjoy the desired snowy scene for the holiday.
People who are dreaming of a white Christmas across the interior Northwest may see their dreams come true this year as another storm impacts the region.
Several fast-moving storm systems will bring windy and wet weather to the British Isles and northern Europe.
A storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
As the skies darken Monday night, stargazers will have the chance to witness the streaking glow of the Ursid Meteor Shower, which will radiate from near Polaris.
Biologist Jamie Urqhart discovered dozens of pancakelike saucers floating along Scotland's River Dee.
Portland, MI (2001)
34 consecutive days with measurable rainfall.
Second of triple December storms - 25" at Gettysburg, PA.
Kansas City (1961)
16.6" snow, greatest in December.