If you’re one of those Western Washington residents who embrace the rain, and persistently gloomy skies rock your world, ignore this story.
Because if the forecast holds, a bit of sun poke will peek through the clouds Wednesday, followed by a string of mostly sunny skies that could last a week or more.
“People should get outside and enjoy the sun,” said meteorologist Josh Smith at the National Weather Service in Seattle. “It looks like we haven’t had a week of dry weather like this since September.”
Smith said the jet stream is slowly curving north, sending surface-level high pressure toward Western Washington. In weather terms, that means fair skies ahead.
In addition, temperatures will be in the mid- to high 60s and are expected to rise into the 70s by Sunday. That’s well above normal May highs in the low to mid-60s, he said.
Nevertheless, rainfall in Bellingham maintains a normal pace of 14.74 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1.
Meanwhile, an unusual late-season snowstorm was dropping as much as a foot of snow in the Cascades. Smith said snowfall was lighter at Mount Baker and across Highway 20 near Newhalem, but a winter weather advisory was in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Highway 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, opened as scheduled Tuesday, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. The 40-mile stretch of highway typically opens in April or early May, but WSDOT feared it might not open until mid-June because there was so much snow this winter.