It’s okay you can say it: January has been dreary and wet. You’re right! We’ve picked up more than 8 inches of rainfall this month, which is about a 2 ½ inch above the monthly average.
As we get ready to jump into February, we’re looking at a pretty stubborn pattern setting up over our heads. A large ridge developing along the West Coast will set up shop for the next several days, if not a couple of weeks. This might excite you mild-weather-fans out there. Highs look to climb into the 50s for the first weekend of the month and stay parked there for the next 8-14 days.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few places sneak into the 60s. The climate prediction center keeps the Pacific Northwest above average for temperatures and below average for precipitation.
The exact opposite will take place for people on the East Coast. They’ll be getting another bitterly cold slice of Arctic air, which will keep winter storms, cold air, and windy conditions in their area.
Back at home, this pattern doesn’t necessarily mean dry. Even with this ridge developing, we can still see showers push through from time to time, but with the mild air in place, snow levels will likely stay above 5,000-6,000 feet.