Quick-Moving Storm Blasting the Northwest
By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
November 02, 2013, 8:54:22 AM EDT
A small and fast-moving, but potent storm will continue to blast the Northwest on Saturday with rain, cooler air, mountain snow and gusty winds.
The storm will be about average in terms of most storms during the winter. Gusts along the coast and west-facing slopes of the Olympics and Cascades will range between 40 and 60 mph. However, a few spots can be hit with gusts a bit stronger.
The combination of rain and wind will make for miserable travel conditions along I-5.
Seas will be rough through Saturday, then diminish quickly on Saturday night.
Windswept rain will continue to fall on the Olympic Peninsula and from Seattle and Bellingham, Wash., to Portland, Ore., through Saturday.
Snow levels will drop to around 3,000 feet on the Cascades on Saturday, where 6 inches of snow can fall close to pass level over Snoqualmie Pass and on I-90.
More than a foot of snow is likely in the Washington and northern Oregon Cascade high country.
Travel delays are possible on Saturday afternoon and night over the passes as a result.
Rain showers on Saturday in eastern areas of Washington and Oregon can change to snow showers at night with a couple of inches possible over the mountains.
Gusty winds will get funneled through the Columbia Gorge, where gusts can reach 50 mph along portions of I-84 on Saturday into Saturday night.
On Sunday, lingering Pacific moisture will lead to variable clouds and spotty rain showers along the coast and spotty rain and snow showers over eastern Washington and Oregon.
The next significant storm is due late next week, but could take aim more toward southern British Columbia, at least initially.
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