70 degrees, thunderstorms, and a chance of snow: wild run of weather on tap to close out week
After a stormy start to the week, 70-degree weather is on tap for the Seattle area on Thursday, marking the warmest weather of the year to date.
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“Colder unstable air” on Monday brought heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and isolated thunderstorms up and down the region, the National Weather Service describes. But with high pressure and dry conditions in much of Western Washington moving in, temperatures Thursday are expected to get close to 70 degrees in Seattle and Tacoma, rising to 71 degrees in Everett and 73 degrees in Kent.
Temperatures in the 60s to lower 70s today with 50s along the Strait of Juan de Fuca & San Juan Islands #wawx😎 pic.twitter.com/DdPcUOBWYz
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) April 7, 2022
Warmer temperatures have been few and far between over the last few months in the Puget Sound region. Prior to today, the hottest day of the year was 63 degrees in late March, which also happened to be the region’s first day over 60 degrees since November of 2021.
Thursday’s taste of early summer will be brief, though, giving way to showers on Friday with a “slight chance” for a second round of thunderstorms, and heavy snowfall at both Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes. By Saturday, temperatures in the Seattle area will dip back down into the mid to upper 40s, which the NWS says would be “around 5-10 degrees cooler than average.”
Things will get even colder on Sunday morning, falling into the 30s before snow levels drop down to “only a few hundred feet,” bringing a 60 to 70% chance of snow mixing into rain showers, “mostly likely in areas near the Cascades.”
Any snow that does fall isn’t expected to stick, with temperatures expected to rise back into the upper 40s in the afternoon.