It doesn’t feel like it now, but warm weather is on the way, with temperatures that could reach into the 80s around Puget Sound by late this week, including a sunny May Day Thursday that could tie or top the record for the date of 81 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
First, though, comes a chill, and the possibility of a mountain snowstorm that could drop 6 to 10 inches of snow on Stevens Pass starting late this afternoon and into the evening. The Weather Service is advising drivers crossing Stevens Pass to be prepared for extreme winter conditions. Snoqualmie Pass, in contrast, could get just an inch or two.
In the Seattle area Sunday, a high temperature of 53 is forecast, along with a 70 percent chance of rain.
Things start to dry out Monday, a partly sunny day with a forecast high near 60, followed by a mostly sunny day and a high of about 69 on Tuesday.
Then we heat up: The forecast calls for highs of 78 on Wednesday and 81 on Thursday, a mark that would tie a May 1 record at Sea-Tac set in 1998.
But as the work week comes to an end, so may this brief warm stretch. Friday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 70, and by Saturday, a chance of showers is back into the picture, with a high near 63.
Early May last year brought what passes in the Puget Sound area as a mini heat-wave with highs of 84 on May 5 and a record 87 on May 6.