A storm slowly moving onshore will bring prolonged coastal rain with mountain and inland snow to the Northwest.
The first round of rain continued on Monday, with rain along the Washington and Oregon coasts.
But this system will push eastward through the day, bringing snow west of the Cascades and as far eastward as the Blue Mountains.
As of the midday hours Monday, 7.0 inches of snow has fallen around Spokane, Wash. Over a half a foot of snow has also fallen just east of the Cascades in Plain and Leavanworth, Wash. Easton, Wash. has received close to a foot of snow.
This is only the beginning, as the storm creating this wave of precipitation is still well offshore.
Tuesday is expected to be slightly drier, with the Washington and Oregon valleys missing the precipitation.
Rain is expected to continue along the coasts and snow will continue in the Blue Mountains of Idaho and western Montana.
On Tuesday night and Wednesday, the stalled low controlling this storm will finally move onshore.
Rain will stay west of the Cascades and in northern California. A wintry mix and snow will move inland for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
The bulk of the storm will move eastward into the central Rockies and Plains for Thursday, but a bit of snow and rain will still linger in the Northwest.
While the region has been getting stuck in wet patterns many times since October, many cities are behind on rain since the new year.
Seattle, which normally gets 5.57 inches of rain in January, has only gotten 8 percent of that total so far.
This also applies to cities farther inland. Spokane, Wash., only has 38 percent of the rain that they normally have at this time of the year. Boise, Idaho, has been even drier, only receiving 1 percent of the precipitation the city normally gets in January.
The incoming rain and snow through this week will help to alleviate these new year deficits.
Following the surge in warmth in coastal areas and the central Appalachians from Thursday, temperatures will again bottom out at cold levels in the Northeast this weekend.
After a cold start to the weekend in the Midwest, temperatures will begin to rebound, ahead of a storm system taking aim on the Great Lakes.
Though springlike weather has been slow to arrive for much of the Eastern United States, allergy sufferers may soon pay the price for winter’s unhurried retreat.
The mercury will be on the rise across California through the rest of the week, challenging records across much of the state and helping to intensify the ongoing drought.
For 10,000 visitors, a supertide did not disappoint as it immersed the only connecting point of Mont Saint-Michel to shore.
Marking the fist strike of severe weather for the month of March, several reported tornadoes swept across Oklahoma and Arkansas on Wednesday night.
Bismarck, ND (1884)
Two steamers crushed by floating ice (major ice breakup).
Great Miami River flood; crest at Dayton 8 feet higher than known before. Ten inches of rain fell over a wide area. Over 467 deaths in Ohio (March 23).
Chicago, IL (1930)
Two-day snowfall (25th-26th) of 19.2", greatest until January 1967.