Strong storms head for Spokane early next week

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A strong storm moving into British Columbia on Sunday will have major impacts in the interior northwest on Monday and Tuesday.

SPOKANE, Wash. – An impending storm will bring high winds, rain and heavy snow to the northwest mountains early next week. It’s the perfect combination of atmospheric elements that will bring about one of the strongest storms the region has seen in months. The wind will be gusting to nearly 50 mph across the interior northwest with some areas picking up over 2 feet of snow.

It all starts on Sunday. While it will be dry and pleasant in the interior northwest, the atmospheric drama will unfold in the west. A strong storm coming out of the Pacific will hit British Columbia. The storm itself is quite impressive, but the help it receives is why the impacts will be so great. To the south, the jet stream will bring a direct tap of moisture from the Pacific Northwest. The position and strength of the jet will also increase wind speeds as a front sweeps through the region on Monday.

Rain and snow begin Sunday on the west side. Widespread rain totals will exceed an inch at low elevations with a few places picking up over 2 inches by the time it ends on Tuesday. This is enough to cause flooding problems, especially with early snowmelt in the mountains. As for the mountains, heavy snow will fall as the storm moves.

A winter storm watch is in place for Cascade Crest from Sunday through Monday. Storm totals will reach 18 to 30 inches of snow over the Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes early next week. That’s enough to have major impacts on Spring Break travel for anyone driving to or from the West Side.

Across the Interior Northwest, the impacts won’t be as significant as what the West Side and Cascades see, but it will be amazing nonetheless. A few tenths of an inch of rain are possible at low elevations through Tuesday. In the mountains, 6 to 10 inches of snow is not out of the question by the end of Monday. To aggravate the impacts, the wind and the rain are accompanied by a strong wind.

A strong weather system will impact the Interior Northwest on Monday. Snow will accumulate on the mountains from…

Posted by US National Weather Service Spokane Washington on Thursday, March 31, 2022

The placement of the jet stream overhead will increase the wind as the cold front moves into Monday. Widespread in the northwest, wind gusts will reach nearly 40 to 50 miles per hour. Wind gusts of this magnitude are enough to cause minor tree damage and a few power outages.

With the placement of the jet, the wind will remain gusty through Tuesday. Gusts near 35 miles per hour might not be enough to cause any further damage, but it will feel a bit windy throughout the day.

As the storm and front dissipate, conditions will improve significantly in the northwest. Atmospheric ridges will clear the sky through the middle of the week and begin a steady warm. In the second half of the first week of April, temperatures will be more like the first week of May, with temperatures climbing back into the 60s.

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