WENATCHEE — The forecast may look intense, with snow and freezing rain forecasted out for days, but it shouldn’t be as bad as it looks.
Just don’t expect sunshine.
Meteorologist Jeremy Wolf at the National Weather Service said it should remain cloudy through the weekend, with a chance of snow flurries both Saturday and Sunday. Snow levels should hover at the valley floor for most of the weekend. Higher snow accumulations in the mountains could bring as much as 6 inches to Stevens Pass on Sunday night.
On Sunday night and Monday, an unpredictable system may bring warmer temperatures to the Wenatchee Valley, Wolf said. Snow levels may rise to 4,000 feet or higher, bringing freezing rain and rain to the valley and even to Stevens and Blewett Passes.
But then again, it could just keep lightly snowing.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty about this system,” Wolf said. “Sunday night and Monday, that’s when we have a mixed bag.”
If temperatures spike, they should drop back down after a couple of days, Wolf said. But road conditions could get hairy, with ice and slush on the roadway, especially around Leavenworth and Stevens Pass, where precipitation should be heavier than in the lower valley.
By Wednesday, freezing levels should be back down to the valley floor.
In the Methow Valley, temperatures should stay colder but freezing rain is possible on Tuesday, Wolf said.