By AccuWeather Global Weather Center
A powerful storm is expected to engulf the West Coast and will have the potential to unleash a month’s worth of rain and feet of snowfall from the Cascades to the Sierra Nevada into early this week.
Heavy rain and snow will be beneficial for drought relief, but it can lead to major problems for travelers and pose risks to lives and property.
AccuWeather meteorologists have been tracking this storm since the end of last week when the strengthening cyclone moved from the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
As of Saturday afternoon, the storm had moved onshore in the Pacific Northwest, bringing heavy rain, mountain snow and strong winds to western Washington and Oregon. Freezing levels are anticipated to drop in portions of Washington to the valley floors through Sunday resulting in the possibility of Seattle seeing a few flakes – mainly in the morning hours with temperatures in the low to mid-30s.
“This is a large area of low pressure in the northeast Pacific that is going to gradually shift its way south along the West coast through early this week,” Accuweather Meteorologist Joseph Bauer noted.