The first day of spring meant the arrival of winter as a cold Pacific storm moved into the Pacific Northwest. Falling snow levels combined with copious amount of moisture from the Pacific Ocean will bring several feet of snow to the Cascades through Friday. Snow will accumulate all the way down to 1000 ft. in Washington.

Further south in California, the Sierra Nevada, which means snowy mountain range, lived up to its name this week. Several inches to over a foot of snow fell on the northern and central Sierra. That will begin to clear out on Thursday but the colder air will stick around into the weekend with the cold storms and trough just to the north.

Over the weekend a ridge of high pressure will build off the coast shutting down the storms temporarily. The temperatures will remain below average though with a cold trough over the Western U.S.

By next Tuesday another storm will be approaching the West Coast. This one may work its way slowly inland with the possibility of snow continuing through the end of next week. Unsettled weather and the chances for snowfall look to continue for the mountains from Washington down to California. No sign of spring settling in for the next couple of weeks.

 

Bryan Allegretto is a Weather Forecaster for OpenSnow.com.


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