There are two weather models for next week, and both show temperatures will turn colder in the Columbia Basin.
“Monday, we’re actually looking at temperatures in the lower 30s, and then, by Tuesday, temperatures in the 20s,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Mary Wister said of the warmer of the two models.
The other model predicts overnight lows could drop to -5 degrees with daytime highs in the teens.
Wister says that forecasters are keeping their eyes on both prediction paths, but either way, the colder temperatures combine with active weather next week, and that would mean snow, even at the lower elevations.
“I would not anticipate this to be a big winter weather event at least for the Columbia Basin and the Blue Mountain foothills,” she said. “The mountains? That’s a completely different story. They’re going to see heavy snow this weekend into most of next week.”