Near-record warmth is expected across the interior of Western Washington today as a ridge of high pressure aloft moves across the area. While Summer officially ended last weekend, our area always seems to get the “Schoolday Summers” that parents enjoy. The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a special weather statement warning that this “summertime warmth” will come to an abrupt end on Friday as a cold front moves east across the region.
High temperatures on Friday are expected to be 15 to 20 degrees cooler than today.
Winds up to 20 mph combined with clouds and some light precipitation will make it feel even colder. Snow levels in the mountains will fall from around 12000 feet today to 7000 feet on Friday.
An upper-level trough will move across the area on Saturday giving showers and cool conditions to the area. Temperatures in the lowlands will struggle to go over the 60-degree mark Saturday afternoon. In the mountains, snow levels are expected to fall to around 5000 feet.
Please pay attention to latest forecasts if you are planning to travel into the mountains during the upcoming weekend. Hikers and backpackers should be prepared for wet and sharply colder conditions.