Several days of sunny skies and above-average temperatures come to a rude end Friday as daytime highs drop by 20 degrees.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Seattle are warning weekend adventurers to watch the forecast for changing conditions as more typical fall weather returns.
A cold front moves across Western Washington early Friday, nudging out a high pressure ridge that’s made early fall seem more like midsummer.
“Temperatures in the lowlands will struggle to go over the 60 degree mark Saturday afternoon,” the weather service said in a statement. “In the mountains, snow levels are expected to fall to around 5,000 feet.”
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That means snow could again fall at Artist Point on the east end of Mount Baker Highway. A significant accumulation isn’t forecast.
Highs Friday and through the weekend will be in the mid-60s and cooler. Rain and showers are forecast daily through Sunday night.
Mid-September rain and cooler temperatures eased a summer-long ban on recreational fires in approved fire enclosures in Bellingham, in much of unincorporated Whatcom County, and on state lands.
Land-clearing and debris fires remain banned.
On Wednesday, officials lifted a ban on campfires in the North Cascades National Park.