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Dry Weather Pattern Coming to an End as Storms on West Coast Build Offshore

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It was nice while it lasted. The bulk of the West Coast has enjoyed a beautiful weather pattern dating back to late last week.

However, forecasters are warning that the pattern is shifting with multiple storms set to return to western portion of the country starting late Thursday.

Here is a look at this unsettled weather forecast for California and the Pacific Northwest.

Storms Coming Together in Northern Pacific on Way to the West Coast

The Northwest has been under a zone of high pressure that promoted unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions in recent days. Major cities such as Portland and Seattle saw the mercury soar into the 70s over the weekend, giving residents a taste of summer.

While California did not stay completely dry, limited rainfall across the Golden State over the last few days gave the region a chance to dry out after the wet winter.

A new parade of storms is churning across the northern portions of the Pacific Ocean, getting ready to make their move into the western U.S. by the end of the week.

Although this storm train is not as powerful as the ones that targeted the region over the last few months, it will pack enough of a punch to make its presence known.

The change in the weather pattern is the result of a breakdown of a high pressure zone pairing with a dip of the jet stream to the south. These elements will pave the way for rain and snow showers to break out across the West.

Locally heavy pockets of precipitation may be enough to cause travel disruptions on the roads and in the skies.


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