Updated: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
We've had our own personal March Madness, weather-wise, around the region over the least week. As promised, the taste of spring warmth we enjoyed for the *first* few days of the season was fleeting, becoming a memory as the cool rain moved late Wednesday, followed by a very chilly and showery air mass on Friday and Saturday. Many of us have endured some bursts of wet snow over the last 48 hours, and we're not completely in the clear just yet.
An upper level low bobbing around near Oregon will continue to drop a few showers into Western Washington overnight, and with lows in the 30s if not the 20s--coldest around the South Sound and Thurston County--we may still see a few short-lived pockets of sloppy snow before dawn on Sunday morning. The majority of us will stay dry and partly starry, and we'll continue the drying trend as we punch into the second half of the weekend. Sunday should be nearly rain free, and with just a slim chance of showers, the partly sunny skies should boost us back into the low 50s near Puget Sound.
Monday brings in another disturbance, but this one will help us warm up further. The rain should pick up again by the afternoon, and with highs mainly in the 50s, we'll be closer to our normal early spring temperatures. Tuesday looks like it will be the dampest day of the work week, and showers and sunbreaks will linger on Wednesday.
Thursday is opening day for the Mariners, and if you're heading out to Safeco Field to welcome back the home team, bring some warm rain gear. The forecasting models are suggesting another round of rain Thursday evening, but keeps this event closer to the Canadian border. By the time we get there, this system could very well just head into B.C. all together, but just in case, plan on the potential for a closed roof at The Safe that night (hey, that's what it was built for!).
Friday and Saturday are trending mainly dry. If this pans out, March will go out like the proverbial lamb. And with less madness, to boot.
Have a super night,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team
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