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by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek There’s been some good news for the western Washington region that will, at least for now, quiet the concerns of local residents. The water outlook for western Washington is looking better. According to UW Professor Cliff Mass, the recent systems (including the one forecast for Monday), have considerably improved the water situation here. The national drought outlook has come out for the month of April, and it shows no signs of drought intensification in the western Washington region. PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought concerns diminish 1 This is mostly a result of multiple disturbances that have loaded up the lowlands with rain, and even the mountains with some snow! The snow-pack in the mountains is still very much below normal, and that may still cause some problems later in the summer. But for now, the reservoirs are full. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="490"]PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought concerns diminish 2 Dark red dots indicate snowpacks that are less than 25% of normal.[/caption] A frontal system connected to a strong low, will bring another big batch of rain into the region, and also numerous snow-showers in the Cascade peaks on Monday. Also forecast, is another convergence zone that may setup smack dab over Seattle on Monday after the front pushes through. This “CZ”, combined with the very cold air aloft may be enough to generate small hail through the Puget Sound region in the afternoon, and late evening. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="489"]PUGET SOUND WEATHER GEEK: Drought concerns diminish 3 UW WRF-GFS 4km 3hr Precip[/caption] After this storm is out, we’re looking at a big protective hill of high pressure to setup. The High will fend off any precipitation for the next week. Temperatures also may start rising toward 70 soon! For the latest local weather, be sure to follow the Puget Sound Weather Geek: Thanks for visiting! If you have any comments, suggestions, or feedback please email me at [email protected]]]>