The storm track and cold air are heading south in the West starting this weekend, and Seattle will be one of the first receivers of the return to winter.
Respectable cold air is now firmly entrenched over much of southern Canada and is now poised to make lunges into the northern U.S. moving forward this winter.
One such push is advancing southward into the Northwest this weekend.
Although far from a powerhouse storm and crushing snow producer that it was over Alaska, the system will bring at least a half a foot to a foot of snow in the Cascades and even slippery spots down to sea level around Puget Sound.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "The hills around Seattle can even pick up an inch or two this weekend."
Roads and sidewalks could be slippery by Sunday morning in the region, especially on the hills. Snowflakes may be seen around Portland.
You have to go back to the middle of November to find any trace of snow around Seattle this season. There hasn't been any snow spotted around Portland.
Not only has snow been scarce in recent weeks along the Pacific coast from Washington to California, but major storms have been non-existent.
A change in the pattern is unfolding, thanks to cold air setting up shop along the U.S./Canada border.
Another storm is due to come calling Monday night into Wednesday. That storm could bring heavy precipitation (rain and snow) to the Northwest from the coast to areas east of the Cascades. More storms are likely to follow.
The shift in cold air will allow storms to frequent the Northern states from west to east.
Indications are storms will roll in from the Pacific as far south as northern California in the weeks ahead, with hopes of bringing substantial precipitation to interior areas of the West from the Sierra Nevada to the Wasatch and northern and central Rockies.
Storms will eventually reach the Midwest and East with much greater frequency compared to the period back to late December.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
With the return of wet weather in the Northeast, many people are asking: When will the rain go away?
A change in the weather pattern will bring an extended period of dry and sunny conditions over much of the south-central United States.
After England and Wales endured a cool end to April and an unsettled bank holiday, the warmest air so far this year is set to arrive late this week.
Some communities along the southern Atlantic Seaboard will be hit hard with thunderstorms into the middle of the week.
Anglers around the Great Lakes had an early start to steelhead fishing season this spring following a warmer-than-normal winter, and recent warming conditions have brought the season into full swing.
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Snowfall of 6.1".
Prichard, AL (1994)
3 students were injured while using an electric pencil sharpener at the same time lightning struck a tree just outside a window of the school.
Charleston, SC (1761)
Large tornado swept Charleston harbor when British fleet of 40 sails was at anchor. Raised waves 12' high, many vessels on beam-ends, 4 killed.