Stormy Weather in the West this Weekend

By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
January 4, 2013; 7:49 PM ET
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As the storm track retreats northward into Canada, spotty light rain and mountain snow will come to a quick end Friday morning.

Tame weather will then build into Portland and Seattle by the end of the day, and last into the first part of the weekend.

A series of storm systems swirling across the central Pacific will approach the coast for Saturday night into Sunday, and continue into the first part of next week.

Across coastal areas and lower elevations from Bellingham to Seattle, Portland, and Medford, rain will fall, heavy at times, Saturday night into much of Sunday, with 1.00-2.00 inches likely through Monday morning.

Higher elevations in the Olympic Mountains and Cascades will see very heavy snowfall totals, with 6-12 inches likely across Stampede Snoqualmie passes.

Further south, from Eureka to Sacramento and San Francisco, rain will be on the lighter side from Saturday night into Monday, with under an inch falling in most locations.

Snow will fall in the higher elevations and in the passes around Mount Shasta, with 6-12 inches likely here as well.

If you have plans that take you to or away from the West Coast later this weekend or early next week, you will want to pay close attention to this storm.

Flight delays are possible as low clouds and rain settle over the airports.

Headaches on area roadways and major interstates, such as I-5, I-80, and I-84 will all be possible, especially for those attempting to travel through the passes, where snow-covered roadways will cause dangerous conditions.

Stay with AccuWeather.com for the latest on this upcoming storm system.

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