(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Expect early season mountain snow and winds this weekend…
While not unheard of, an early season cold front could bring unusual September snow into Eastern Washington on Saturday. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Friday and over the weekend. This is because an artic cold front is moving into the Pacific Northwest.
Forecasters expect six to 12 inches of snow in mountain areas above 3,000 feet, with snow even possible reaching down into the valleys on Saturday and Sunday.
The National Weather Service is urging outdoor recreationalists to prepare with the proper gear as wind chills could drop temps even further. The average September day is 68 degrees for a high and 43 degrees for a low, this new cold front could drop temps 20 to 30 degrees for highs on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 to 15 degrees below average lows on the weekend as well.
Chewelah will see its temperature just consistently drop beginning Friday night. Except an overnight low in the 40s, and then on Saturday the tempreture will continue to drop. By Saturday morning it will be 39 degrees at 10 a.m. By Sunday afternoon that low could be 36 degrees.
Snow showers in Chewelah proper is expected on Sunday morning. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation. Be aware this could affect some travel conditions as well.