Tuesday was the official kick off to spring for the Inland Northwest. And as we look back on the winter of 2017-18, Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service says the region enjoyed a very mild winter. She said much of the Inland Northwest had below normal precipitation, “Overall, temperatures through the winter season were near to slightly above normal. If you remember back, we had some very mild temperatures in January and early February. So, that kind of skewed things toward that above normal reading.”
However, it does not look like we’ll return to above normal temperatures anytime soon. Lohmann told the Washington Ag Network we can expect wild weather into our weekend, with rain showers and mountain snow this weekend, and cooler weather into next week. She said as you look through the end of March and into early April, models show below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.
But, what about la Nina?
She said the weather pattern that impacted out winter continues to weaken, and isn’t expected to make much of an impact this spring.
“It’s going to be kind of neutral through the summer, and into the fall, and it doesn’t have a really strong signal. So, the outlooks for April, May and June are mainly based on what we should normally see with seasonal temperatures and season precipitation expected at this time.”
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