Temperatures to rise this week in Seattle area; lowland rain expected after snow blankets region

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Temperatures to rise this week in Seattle area; lowland rain expected after snow blankets region

Temperatures in the Seattle area are expected to rise on Monday and weaken as the week progresses after the area was covered in snow over the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said in its briefing Monday that temperatures should peak in the upper 30s and lower 40s. For the remainder of the week, temperatures in the region will “continue to moderate” and highs are expected to extend into the 1940s.

Temperatures this morning in most of the lowlands are slightly above freezing – generally 2-5 degrees warmer than yesterday at this time. #wawx pic.twitter.com/jYydmNxAbD

– NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 15, 2021

Lowland rain is expected for the rest of the week.

The mountain snow will likely last all week as well.

“Periods of heavy mountain snow through Tuesday evening will sometimes create difficult travel conditions over the passes,” said NWS. “Possible freezing rain at the entrances to the passes this afternoon.”

Urban floods are also possible “when rain falls on accumulated snow,” but the NWS said it had “little confidence” in them. There could also be dangerous avalanche conditions as the “snowpack is prepared for human-induced avalanches”.

Good monday morning! There is an avalanche control on Stevens Pass and an avalanche control on @SnoqualmiePass scheduled for 8-10am. Here’s a live look at one of our avalanche officers assessing the conditions. Either enter your plans? Expect delays. pic.twitter.com/KEJfOYlLDr

– Washington State DOT (@wsdot) February 15, 2021

People should be careful when traveling on Monday.

“We still have some rainfall this morning. The streets looked better on the way to the office,” NWS tweeted on Monday morning. “But remember, it will take some time to get everywhere. And it could be icy in places! Give everyone space and take your time.”

We still have some rainfall this morning. The streets looked better on the way to the office. But remember, it will take time to be everywhere. And it could be icy in some places! Give everyone space and take your time. And thanks to @wsdot! #wawx pic.twitter.com/hNMfcuwD6r

– NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 15, 2021

Saturday’s blizzard brought 8.9 inches of snow to Seattle, making it the 12th snowiest day in the city in 125 years.

The city opened several storm shelters to help people who live exposed when temperatures drop. However, they are expected to close on Monday.