Seasonal Precipitation and La Niña Seasonal Precipitation Expected to be Above Normal Seasonal Precipitation Expected to be Above Normal – –Normal Snowfall at Ephrata is 18.7 – –Look for Snowfall Amounts of 19 to 24 La Niña Forecast to Continue through Spring La Niña Forecast to Continue through Spring – –Below Normal Sea Surface Temps Forecast to slowly rise into June – –Below Normal Temps and Above Normal Precip to Continue
Percent of Normal Precip Since 10/1/09 Grant County ranges from 70 to 130 percent of normal
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Weather on the Web Outlooks,Watches,Warnings and Advisories Text Products IDZ027-230700- LEWIS AND SOUTHERN NEZ PERCE COUNTIES- 246 PM PST FRI JAN 22 2010...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 PM PST SATURDAY ABOVE 2000 FEET... * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. * ELEVATION: MAINLY ABOVE 2000 FEET...WITH MINOR ACCUMULATIONS BELOW 2000 FEET. * TIMING: LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF SATURDAY NIGHT. * LOCATIONS INCLUDE: CRAIGMONT...NEZPERCE...WINCHESTER... SOLDIERS MEADOW ROAD * WINDS: NORTHWEST AROUND 5 TO 15 MPH. * IMPACTS: RECENT WARM TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY ALLOW THE INITIAL SNOWFALL TO MELT ON AREA ROADWAYS...HOWEVER COLDER TEMPERATURES BY SATURDAY MORNING WILL LIKELY RESULT IN DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. MOTORISTS SHOULD PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID ANY UNNECESSARY TRAVEL DURING THIS POTENTIAL WINTER STORM.
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