Mass: Sun This Weekend, Dusting Of Fresh Snow In The Mountains

Jan 3, 2014

Go out and play this weekend, and don’t worry about getting wet, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

"There's going to be no rain, no snow, no nothing on Saturday and Sunday," said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

"'In fact, shocking: we're going to have sun,” he said, “no doubt about it, because of the strong ridge of pressure over us.”

We might have some morning clouds, Mass said, but the sun will prevail as the days wear on.

Come next week, the storms will begin moving in as the ridges move inland. But Mass says the storms will be very weak, at least through Wednesday.

"Again, we're in the same pattern we've seen for the last third of 2013," Mass said.

A Dusting Of Fresh Snow In The Mountains

The heavy rain of Thursday night did provide a fresh layer of snow in some ski areas, so if you head up high, you'll see some fresh powder.

"Roughly 2 to 3 inches in Snoqualmie Pass, 6 to 9 inches at Stevens and a little bit more up at Baker. So there was some snow up in the mountains, but it's not enough to change the story in any significant way," said Mass.


The weekly KPLU feature "Weather with Cliff Mass" airs every Friday at 9 a.m. immediately following BirdNote, and twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered. The feature is hosted by KPLU Environment Reporter Bellamy Pailthorp. Cliff Mass is a University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, a renowned Seattle weather prognosticator, and a popular weather blogger. You can also subscribe to a podcast of “Weather with Cliff Mass” shows.