Following a fairly typical start to winter, people in Seattle and Portland may have to gear up for a frigid February.
The AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team is predicting a major shift to cold weather for the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest in February and lasting into March.
"The brunt of the winter season, especially when dealing with cold, will be over the north-central U.S.," stated Paul Pastelok, expert long-range meteorologist and leader of the AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team.
However, in February, that core of cold weather is predicted to shift westward over the northern Rockies with colder-than-normal conditions extending all the way to the Washington and Oregon coasts.
Not too far away, Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, are predicted to have one of their top three coldest winters in the past 20 years, according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist and Canadian Blogger Brett Anderson.
Though February is expected to be a drier month for Seattle and Portland, chances for any snow events would be highest during this month with the colder air in place.
In contrast, the earlier part of the season is forecast to feature more moderate temperatures that average near normal.
December is likely to be a wetter month for both cities with above-average precipitation. Near-normal precipitation is predicted for January.
As for the Cascades, the Long-Range Forecasting Team anticipates near- to slightly above-normal snowfall this season. The heaviest mountain snow in the West is likely to be focused a bit farther south and east from the northern and central Sierra of California into the northern Rockies and northern part of Utah's Wasatch Range.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist and Western Expert Ken Clark said this could be a "banner snow season" for some of these areas.
A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas and Kansas.
A large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions for days.
A slow-moving low pressure system will make residents of the Northwest reach for their raincoats and umbrellas each day through the remainder of the week.
Surviving a flight in the wheel well of a commercial aircraft is possible, but highly unlikely due to subzero temperatures and thinner air than what is found at the peak of Mount Everest.
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St. Paul, MN (1963)
5.5" of snow.
Raleigh, NC (1980)
95 degrees - April record.
Laramie, WY (1983)
16" of snow (12" in 8 hours).