The train of storms will deliver a foot of rain in some coastal areas but yards of snow to much of the high country.
The northern Pacific storm track will shift southward into the new year sending multiple heavy precipitation and wind events into the Northwest.
The first storm, albeit relatively weak, will push through the Northwest United States Thursday night/Friday. A second storm will roll in over Christmas weekend.
The first couple of storms through Christmas will deliver snow down to pass levels in Washington and northern Oregon and will impact travel through these vital east-west arteries as a result.
As we progress through next week, the storms will become stronger and warmer.
The stronger storms next week will pack rounds of powerful and potentially damaging winds, raising the risk of downed trees and power lines in the I-5 corridor.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "The combination of a strong jet stream and the alignment of surface winds will bring episodes of strong winds next week."
The ongoing rainfall and rising snow levels next week will bring a progressively greater potential for flash flooding and mudslides in lower elevations and a heightened threat of avalanches in the high country.
The pattern is not favorable for snow in Seattle and Portland.
"A flow off the Pacific rather than from the colder inland areas should prevent snow in the pattern at sea level cities," Anderson said.
The first few storms have the potential to deliver substantial snow to inland areas such as Spokane and Pendleton. Later next week, the warmer pattern should switch precipitation away from snow and more to rain for these lower elevation inland areas.
Bouts of heavy snow and gusty wind will reach into the Bitterroots and northern Rockies as well along I-90.
Snowy weather is kicking off the month of March across the Northeast as a winter storm is moving into the region.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast for the start of March.
Yet another winter storm will take aim at the Northeast and Midwest This week with widespread ice and flooding concerns.
The beginning of March marks the start of meteorological spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but this does not signal the end of winter weather in the United States.
While more storms are on the horizon to start March, the accompanying cold shots will be less extreme.
A storm will whip across the United Kingdom and the North Sea through Sunday with potentially damaging and disruptive winds.
Wellington, WA (1910)
Greatest avalanche disaster in U.S. history. Train swept from tracks at Wellington, killing 98 people.
Heavy wet snow, "worst since '88", crippled NYC, NJ (Congressional Limited). Reading of 24" at Asbury Park; NYC's lowest barometer 28.38"; 28.27" at New Haven; Complete disruption of electricity in New Jersey.
Raleigh, NC (1927)
(1st-2nd) 17.8" of snow -- all-time biggest snowstorm and 24-hour record.