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A look back at WA weather in 2013

A look back at WA weather in 2013

From WSU News:


Washington state weather could hardly make up its mind in 2013, as temperatures flipped from unusually warm to cool by the end of the year.

 

Snow to linger in parts of Eastern Washington

Snow to linger in parts of Eastern Washington

Another 3-to-5 inches of snow could be added to snow blanketing the Bellingham area Monday before the precipitation turns to the rain falling in the rest of Western Washington.

The National Weather Service says the snow also will linger Monday over the mountains and parts of Eastern Washington.

Forecasters say Washington's weather should turn a little drier and milder by midweek.

After up to a foot of snow fell over the weekend in Whatcom County, schools are closed Monday in Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden.

Drivers also can expect winter conditions Monday on Snoqualmie and Stevens passes and possible closures for avalanche control.

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Warm temperatures across the Inland Northwest have led to rapidly melting snow and flooding around the region.

There are reports of water over the roadway in Reardan, Davenport, Odessa, Harrington and Colfax.

The Washington State Patrol is reporting several road closures due to water over the roadway as a result of the snowmelt.

In Lincoln County, SR 231 has been closed between Interstate 90 and SR 2. State Route 23 has also been closed between St. John and Sprague. Between Sprague and Harrington SR 23 is open but flooding has been reported in numerous locations along the road and could be closed at any time as of 3:30 p.m.

Water has undercut part of the roadway on SR 27 five miles south of Oakesdale, with part of the northbound lane washed away, but the road remains open.

SR 25 has one lane open north from Davenport.

In Whitman County, water is also reported over the roadway in Colfax.

In Spokane County, water is reported over the roadway on SR 27 three miles north of Latah; water is also over the roadway on State Route 2 two miles west of Airway Heights.

Minor flooding expected in Spokane area

Minor flooding expected in Spokane area

Minor stream and street flooding from a combination of steady rains and melting snow is expected in parts of Eastern Washington and northern Idaho including Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Pullman and Lewiston.

The National Weather Service expects ponding in low-lying areas the next couple of days and says clogged ditches and drains could overflow roads.

Creeks and streams will be running full but forecasters don't expect river flooding.

Snow hits Inland Northwest Friday

Snow hits Inland Northwest Friday

Light snow is forecast through the weekend in the Inland Northwest where temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until next week.

Forecasters say this week's frigid temperatures in Washington should moderate slowly through the weekend and return to a normal weather pattern next week.

The National Weather Service says another inch or two of snow is likely Friday night and Saturday in southwest Washington, south of Tacoma, when weak systems run into lingering cold air.

In Western Washington, forecasters say rain will return next week with highs in the 40s.



Arctic air dropping temperatures in Washington

Arctic air dropping temperatures in Washington

Arctic air blowing into the Inland Northwest prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill warning for the Spokane region for Wednesday morning.

Forecasters expect temperatures around zero with 10 mph to 20 mph winds, which could create a wind chill of 20 below -- enough to freeze exposed skin.

Forecasters also say cold temperatures could set records in Western Washington between Wednesday and Friday. Highs Wednesday -- when the Seahawks parade in Seattle -- and Thursday are forecast in the 30s. Seattle's record low maximum for Feb. 5 is 34 (1989) and Feb. 6 is 37 (1949).

The Weather Service says the cold should start to ease by the weekend when precipitation arrives, probably starting as snow. Forecasters say temperatures should return to normal next week.

Deep freeze forecast this week in Washington

A cold week is forecast for Washington.

The National Weather Service says low temperatures Tuesday through Friday in Western Washington will be in the teens and highs only in the 20s.

Forecasters say it will be even colder in Eastern Washington with lows in single digits. Light snow is forecast Monday in southeast Washington, but it should be mostly clear through the week statewide.

The Weather Service says precipitation returns to the area Saturday and there's a good chance it will start as snow.