NCW — Say aloha to the sunshine as wild weather is forecast with snow initially falling late Monday, and then quickly shifts to gusty winds, heavy rain and a high avalanche danger, which won’t be a pretty sight on the hillsides for skiers and snowboarders.
A winter storm watch has been issued for the northern Cascades with 10 to 13 inches of snow expected at places like Mount Baker and Stevens Pass late Monday through Tuesday with a snow level going from 2,500 to 6,000 feet.
Most other ski areas will feel much wetter effects from a strong “atmospheric river” weather system moving over the central and southern Cascades with periods of heavy rain, strong winds and a very high freezing level jumping up to 8,500 feet in some places.
The Northwest Avalanche Center has also issued dangerous avalanche conditions developing late Monday or Tuesday with unstable snowpack. Use extreme caution when heading into the backcountry or simply avoid it until conditions become more stable.