It was a wet – and relatively warm – start to 2021 in Seattle, but if you thought winter was over, think again: Tuesday through Thursday will be “significantly colder conditions” next week, including lower temperatures in the upper 20’s.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is currently forecasting this weekend will be windy. The gusts in Seattle peaked at 30 to 35 mph Saturday through Sunday, followed by a cold front next week.
“The main focus for next week will be on the trend towards significantly colder and likely drier conditions in western Washington. The guidelines continue to point to the arrival of colder air from Monday, but will improve as the offshore flow increases towards mid-week developed and strengthened “, so wrote NWS in his briefing on Friday morning.
The overnight lows are expected to be near or below freezing Tuesday through Thursday and could affect pipes, plants and outdoor pets. No lowland snow is currently expected as the drier conditions will persist.
Colder temperatures are expected next week! There is still some uncertainty in the forecast, however, morning temperatures are expected in the 20s to low 30s. Snow readings will be low for most of the next week. Monitor forecasts! #WAwx pic.twitter.com/KMKKQuc4kt
– NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 5, 2021
For the weekend, mountain snow is expected to begin early Saturday morning and last through Sunday, bringing 8 to 12 inches of snow. Snow and strong gusts of wind are expected to affect travel over the mountain passes this weekend and drivers should be careful.
Local blackouts may be possible on the coast and in inland waters from Saturday to Sunday as strong winds are expected.
For skiers and snowboarders, the Northwest Avalanche Center advises extra caution this weekend as conditions remain dangerous and avalanches may be triggered on the plate.
The center recommends avoiding slopes that are steeper than 30 degrees and staying away from avalanche trail run-off zones.