Forecasters say a strong winter storm will blow into Washington Friday with high winds and rain in Western Washington, heavy mountain snow, and mixed snow and rain in Eastern Washington.
Lamenting that “the entire citizenship of the state has not been fully able to enjoy the re-establishment of this majestic species,” a Republican lawmaker suggests moving some of the animals to western Washington.
A Pacific storm is blowing into Washington Wednesday with gusty winds and rain in Western Washington and snow in the mountains.
Forecasters say two weather systems Monday and Tuesday will drop up to 3 feet of new snow in the Cascades by early Wednesday, making driving difficult through the mountain passes.
Forecasters say cold, dry weather with areas of freezing fog will continue to the middle of next week in Washington.
Forecasters say a temperature inversion of warmer air aloft is trapping colder air close to the ground where wood smoke and vehicle exhausts build up. Without winds, the pollution could cause trouble for people with breathing problems.
Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter so far are forecast in the next few days around the state.
The state Department of Health says the flu is now widespread in Washington, meaning it is in more than half of communities. Previously it had been considered a regional problem.
The National Weather Service doesn’t expect much more snow will fall in the next few days in Washington, but cold temperatures will stick around and drop to single digits Saturday morning at many locations in Eastern Washington.
Forecasters say cooler, drier air is moving into Washington and rains will give way to a chance of snow showers in many places.