A new storm is moving into the Northwest, delivering another round of substantial rain and snow through the end of the work week. On Wednesday, a light to moderate rain is forecast on the Northwest coast with occasional rain showers inland near eastern Washington and Oregon. To the south, Northern California is going to get slammed with heavy rain, especially north of the Bay Area. Meanwhile in the mountains, up to six feet of snow is forecast to fall in the peaks through Friday. Mountain snow is forecast to fall in the northern mountain of California north of Redding, the Cascades, and the Bitterroots on Wednesday.

Wednesday night, the moisture will spread further inland as far south as central California and as far east as the Bitterroots of western Montana. Rain showers are forecast in the lower elevations of this region, whereas heavy snow will continue to fall in the Cascades, the northern mountains of California, most of the Sierra Nevada, eastern Oregon, and much of Idaho. This is a colder storm, so snow levels for most of these areas will be as low as 1500 feet.

On Thursday, the precipitation will continue to fall across portions of the West. Rain showers will continue along the Pacific Northwest coast and northern California, while mountain snow persists across the same areas. Snow showers move into the northern Rocky Mountains as this is developing. Even Salt Lake City will likely receive more snow after nearly ten inches of snow fell late-last week.

Overnight Thursday, the precipitation intensity will begin to wane, as the flow of moisture off from the Pacific shuts off for the most part. Now in portions of Washington and Oregon, it’s been wet or snowy for many days already, and this stretch of unsettled weather will likely continue through at least the end of January. Snow is expected in the Cascades, while in the Sierra and portions of the interior West should expect light snow showers. A light rain will also continue to fall along the Washington and Oregon coasts.

The forecast will be very similar on Friday as it is for Thursday night. Most of the activity will be confined to Oregon and Washington but some occasional snow is still possible in the Sierra and intermountain West.


Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

Comments are closed.