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Dry and mild pattern remains, gusty by mid-week

The dry and mild pattern will continue to melt the snow on the mountains and provide some swift moving creeks and streams this week. There is currently no threat of flooding but be mindful if you are walking around the banks of creeks and streams.  The water is cold, hypothermia my set in quickly if you fall into the water.

The temperatures stay on the mild side through Wednesday as the warm air continues to arrive from the south and southwest. The highs will be in the middle 50s both Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to below normal on Friday.

The winds will be noticeably gusty by mid-week as the high pressure to our east hold on as low-pressure advances from the west.  This mash up of the air masses will generate some gusty winds, especially through the passes, so be aware of the brisk conditions when traveling. High profile vehicles are likely to get jostled around by the wind.

The mountains will start to get some snow back by the middle of the week as there will be some wet weather on the way. Most of the high desert will see rainy days Wednesday and Thursday but the Cascades will get some snow on Thursday and Friday.

Most of the region will dry out on Groundhog Day as temperatures drop back below normal for the weekend.

Remember, if the Groundhog sees his shadow, it will get scared and run back into the burrow and wait six more weeks. If it is cloudy and no shadow is seen, it looks good for an early spring.

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