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Drying and Warming Trend Expected by Mid-Week for the West Coast

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The West Coast needs to get through the next few soggy days of weather before dry conditions settle into the region.

The balance of the weekend and start to the new work week will continue with the trend of wet conditions before a major pattern change brings in warmer and drier air. Here is what you can expect in the coming days with the shift in the weather.

Rain and Snow to Linger Across Northwest Through Tuesday

Several storm systems have been pushing through the West Coast this weekend, bringing rain to the lower elevations and snow for the higher terrains.

Major cities such as Seattle, Portland, and Redding, California have been at the mercy of this train of storms that has impacted Washington, Oregon, and northern and central portions of California.

Residents can expect this pattern to linger through Tuesday as a few more systems churning in the northern Pacific Ocean journey down the coast. Widespread rainfall amounts of several inches are on tap for the region before the storm train finally comes to an end.

For instance, Olympic National Park in the northwestern corner of Washington should prepare for 2 to 4 inches of rain. Rain of this magnitude is enough to trigger localized coastal flooding. Six Rivers National Forest in northwest California will also be doused with rainfall of this amount.

Colder temperatures in the higher terrains of the Cascades, the Klamath Mountains, and the northern and central portions of the Sierra Nevada will support snow development in this region.

Snow levels across the Cascades in Washington will dip down to about 3,500 feet while the part of the range in Oregon will see levels above 4,500 feet.


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