NOAA: Atmospheric River On Track for West Coast Next Week

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video showing the Atmospheric River impacting the West Coast next week.

The Atmospheric River that NOAA began forecasting on Thursday is still on track to clobber the West Coast next week.  Washington, Oregon, and California are forecast to be affected.

image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

“Model guidance continues to suggest that an early season atmospheric river event will unfold across the Pacific Northwest next week. There still remains a lot of uncertainty with the exact storm track, but confidence is growing that portions of the Pacific Northwest will get a significant amount of rain late next week.” – NOAA Portland, OR today

"This is a pretty cool image showing how much moisture is within a fixed amount of air. All that moist air is heading our way towards the end of next week Wednesday, so very high probability for a wetting rain Thursday into Friday." - NOAA Medford, OR yesterday
“This is a pretty cool image showing how much moisture is within a fixed amount of air. All that moist air is heading our way towards the end of next week Wednesday, so very high probability for a wetting rain Thursday into Friday.” – NOAA Medford, OR yesterday

Washington is also forecast to get clobbered with rain and snow above 8000-9000′ this weekend.

“A wet weather system will bring copious amounts of rain to western Washington Saturday through Sunday morning. The lowlands will receive 1 to 3 inches of rain, with the heaviest amounts on the coast. The mountains could see 3 to 7+ inches of rain, with snow levels around 8000 to 9000 feet. Most rivers will not flood, however minor flooding is possible for the Skokomish River in Mason county and Stilliguamish River in Snohomish county.” – NOAA Seatlle, WA yesterday

image: noaa seattle, wa yesterday
image: noaa seattle, wa yesterdayo

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