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Western Washington forecast

Breezy with widespread showers today. We could see a few thunderstorms this afternoon.

PUGET SOUND FORECAST:

Rain showers with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. We'll also get peeks of sunshine. Highs in the mid-40s to lower 50s. Southerly wind 10-20 mph, gusts up to 25 mph.

DISCUSSION:

A cool front moved in overnight and is brining more widespread rain through this morning with mostly cloudy skies. Behind the front, a trough will break up steady rain to scattered showers and sunbreaks with a chance of a thunderstorm. The cooler air sliding through early Sunday morning will allow a rain/snow mix for a few hours around Southwest Washington and some of the Cascade foothills. No accumulation is expected but local roads may briefly be slippery before 8 a.m.

The cool trough of low pressure will hover overhead for the first few days of the workweek, keeping cool temperatures around and a chance of a few showers each day along with partly sunny skies.

Eventually the large trough slips south-ward and higher pressure briefly builds for a drier Wednesday, until Wednesday evening, a weak weather disturbance will slide in from the northwest for late day showers. Thursday will also have a few showers develop late day mixed in with sunbreaks. The next weather system arrives Friday for increasing rain by afternoon which changes to showers Saturday.

This pattern brings in cooler air for high temperatures dropping back to the upper 40s and lower 50s through the week. Snow levels will drop to around 2,000/3,000 feet next week.