A drought-stricken northwest is expected to see some high altitude snow this weekend with cooler temperatures.
While heavy rainfall continues to drench the southeast on Friday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said a heavy cold front would bring rain and some high altitude snow to the northwest, despite widespread increased fire hazard from the Great Basin North and middle level.
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“A strong storm system will bring heavy rain and even high altitude snow to the Pacific Northwest / Northern Rocky Mountains this weekend. While this rain will be beneficial to a region that has experienced hot / dry conditions this summer, there will be isolated incidents of flooding worrying, “the NWS Weather Prediction Center tweeted Thursday.
With the fall season starting next week, AccuWeather forecasters are predicting that there will be some highland snow in British Columbia and the Washington Cascades with the storm Friday through Sunday and that the jet stream pattern could intensify so that it cools the air and moisture to “bring the first snow of the season to parts of the Rocky Mountains from Idaho and Montana to Wyoming, northern Utah, and northern and central Colorado by early next week.”
“If things go as we think Sunday night through Monday night, the snow from Montana to Colorado could drop to 6,500 feet,” AccuWeather’s chief meteorologist Brett Anderson said in a post on the website.
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The region has seen little relief from the life-threatening summer heat waves that killed more than 200 people in Oregon and Washington in June and damaged cherries grown in the Yakima Valley and the northwest in late June and early July.
The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information reported earlier this month that the summer of 2021 was essentially the warmest summer since early 1936.
“While meteorological summer (June-August), the average temperature for the Lower 48 was 74.0 ° F, 2.6 ° F above average, which darkened the extreme heat of the Dust Bowl nominally by nearly 0.01 ° F in 1936 and essentially in 1936 marked the warmest summer on record, ”the agency wrote.
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Temperatures in Montana and Colorado – which stayed in the 80s and 90s – will shift significantly, Anderson wrote with dips “10 [to] 20 degrees below average, and where it doesn’t snow, widespread rain showers are likely. “
The cooler conditions are set to help thousands of wildland firefighters currently fighting 77 large fires and complexes, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.