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Weather wayback… What’s the hold up?

In the present, we are reviewing our forecasts for Washington, but back in January, we were concerned with the Pacific Northwest at that time as well. Lewiston, Idaho was victim to some slow moving features, held in place by Arctic High pressure in the Plains. The rain maker in the area on January 11th was expected to bring some light showers on the 12th, but the top forecasters were the ones who predicted the slowdown would continue into the 13th as well. It was for that reason, a pessimistic precipitation forecast, that The Weather Channel took home the victory on that day.
Actuals: January 12th: .03 inches of rain, High 48, Low 40
January 13th, .02 inches of rain, High 50, Low 39

Grade: B-C

Wenatchee, Washington to Lewiston, Idaho

Today we have a pretty short road trip, only 227 miles from the lee side of the Cascades to just over the Snake River into Idaho. Let’s see what it’ll be like for our jaunt of a few hours.

The Cascades continue to get some higher elevation snows due to a warm front that’s pushing onshore from central BC down to Washington. Luckily, the only thing affecting Wenatchee is just some lingering fog and overcast skies. Cloudy conditions are expected to last throughout the day as we head southeastward and the fog should burn off by midday. That’s about the only trouble conditions we’ll have as temperatures lift into the upper 40s for a high as we pull into Lewiston.

Lewiston, Idaho

No big pre-amble today, but let’s take a look at how it’s going along the Idaho/Washington border today. At least they’ll be much warmer than we are here at VicWX HQ!

At 905pm PST, the temperature in Lewiston, ID was 41 degrees under overcast skies. Strong arctic high pressure is once again taking a stranglehold on the Central US. This is causing a couple areas of low pressure found over the Northern Rockies to get held up and pushed southeastward along the spine of the Rockies over the next 24-36 hours. Scattered rain shower (and higher elevation snows) are found throughout the region and will continue to affect the area throughout the day on Friday. Luckily, most of this activity will shift southeastward by the time Saturday rolls around and while the day will still be cloudy, no shower activity is anticipated. Temperatures look to remain fairly steady as well, so while Lewiston enjoys their balmy upper 40s, we get to have fun with -20 wind chills here at HQ. Oh well.

Friday: Scattered showers. High 48, Low 39.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 47, Low 38.

TWC: Friday: Morning rain showers. High 45, Low 40.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, isolated morning shower. High 49, Low 37.

AW: Friday: A morning shower in places, some sun. High 48, Low 41.
Saturday: Partly sunny. High 49, Low 39.

NWS: Friday: Chance of rain showers. High 47, Low 39.
Saturday: Slight change of rain, then mostly cloudy. High 45, Low 36.

WB: Friday: chance of rain. High 47, Low 42.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 46, Low 40.

Saturday: NONE GIVEN.

FIO: Friday: Mostly cloudy, some morning rain showers. High 52, Low 44.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 54, Low 40.

Scattered rain showers are pushing through the region currently. Unfortunately, these are expected to continue across the region for the next day or so.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Lewiston, Idaho

Today we depart on a lengthy road trip, from Tuscalosa, AL to Lewiston, AL. It’s a 2,258-mile trek that will take 5 days to cover. Hope you’re not tired from all the Thanksgiving weekend activities, we have quite the drive ahead of us!


High pressure is found throughout the Deep South, keeping conditions in the entire region very quiet. We can expect mostly sunny skies and perhaps some increasing winds later in the day as an area of low pressure intensifies out over the Northern Plains. We’ll get a good view of the Memphis skyline as we drive on by then continue through Jonesboro, AR as we head into southern Missouri and end our day in Springfield, MO.


A cold front has pushed over today’s route during the overnight hours, but we shouldn’t fret too much about it. Temperatures behind it will be somewhat cooler, but not as bad as we’d imagine as we approach December. The front will be lingering around the Kansas City area as we pass northward through the metro and we MIGHT see a couple of rain showers, but shouldn’t be anything that’ll slow us down. The rest of the day should be a fairly quiet trip northwards up I-29 past Omaha and Sioux City before ending the day in Sioux Falls, SD


High pressure shifted through the Northern Plains overnight and as we head westward out of Sioux Falls towards Rapid City, a new cold front is pushing its way into the region. Once again, luckily, as we traverse it, it will be a dry frontal passage. Some spotty snow showers are likelier over ND, but our trip on I-90 through SD should be void of such precip, and while it’ll be colder as we push into southeast Montana, it’ll still be dry as high pressure builds in behind the front. We finish our day in Broadus, MT


It’s going to be a day full of Montana sights and sounds as we make our way back to I-90 and continue westward the entire way. High pressure is found over the Northern Rockies so it will be a quiet and calm day past Bozeman and Butte before finishing the day in Missoula.


A short day today! We’ll be cutting through the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests en route to our final destination of Lewistown. A front is sliding its way into the Pacific Northwest, but isn’t expected to make much headway towards our neck of the woods. Mostly cloudy skies are anticipated throughout the day, but should overall be dry and fairly quiet as we push into our destination around midday!

Lewiston, Idaho

Today we head off to the WA/ID border where we find Lewiston. Humorously, just across the border into WA we find Clarkson. I’m sure that’s totally a coincidence, right? Right.

At 605pm PST, the temperature at Lewiston, ID was 52 degrees with light rain falling. A cold front is shifting through the Pacific Northwest associated with an area of low pressure found over western Alberta. This front will continue pushing eastward through the region during the overnight hours and while widespread rain showers are found in the area currently, those will become fewer and further between as we pass midnight and into early Monday morning. A ridge of high pressure will nose over the region Monday afternoon into early Tuesday, but another frontal system looks to push into the Pacific Northwest Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening and will bring another round of rain to the Lewiston area by the late evening hours.The surrounding mountains will likely see some snow from this system, but Lewiston, lying lower in the valley floor, will likely just see a cold rain.

Monday: Isolated early morning shower possible, then becoming mostly sunny for the afternoon. High 48, Low 37.
Tuesday: Increasing chance of showers in evening. High 47, Low 32.

TWC: Monday: Light rain early, then becoming sunny. High 48, Low 37.
Tuesday: Afternoon showers. High 47, Low 34.

AW: Monday: Clouds and sun with a shower. High 50, Low 39.
Tuesday: Rather cloudy. High 50, Low 35.

NWS: Monday: Early morning rain shower possible, then mostly sunny. High 49, Low 37.
Tuesday: Increasing chances of rain throughout the day. High 46, Low 37.

WB: Monday: Chance of morning rain shower, then mostly sunny. High 48, Low 39.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, chance of evening frozen mix. High 47, Low 35.

WN: Monday: Mostly sunny, slight early morning shower. High 49, Low 37.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with light rain likely. High 47, Low 36.

FIO: Monday: Partly cloudy until morning. High 49, Low 38.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy starting in the morning, light rain in afternoon. High 47, Low 32.

A decent amount of rain showers are moving through the area this evening, but most of them should depart before we get past midnight.

Weather Wayback… New Year, new weather

On January First, we had our first forecast of the year, in the remote northern outpost of Lewiston, Idaho. Lewiston is in the mountains, and Anthony was almost certainly overserved the day before the forecast, Victoria-Weather, just like the other outlets around us, didn’t come out to a very good start in 2017. Temperatures were significantly warmer than expected, with highs in the upper 20s, with lows also notably warmer than anticipated. The forecast was a bust all the way around, but the warmest outlet, Forecast.io, had the first good forecast of the year.
Actuals: January 2nd – High 28, Low 21
January 3rd – High 27, Low 14

Grade C-F

Lewiston, Maine to Hot Springs, Arkansas

We’re headed out of town again, this time on a three day trip out of the northeasternmost state in the union. We will cover 1634 miles, at a pace of  68.1mph, and will divide the travel into three neatly arranged 545-ish mile days. Not much to it beyond that, shall we be on our way?

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

New England looks to be a mess tomorrow, much as it is today. Low pressure is moving up the coast, the remnants of the severe weather that came to the southeast over the weekend. An extremely heavy band of moisture is going to move through overnight tonight. Right now, it looks like snow is falling over Maine, with a sloppy transition area from Portsmouth to central Massachusetts. This transition will shift to the northeast with the heavy moisture. There will probably be some sleet as we get out of Lewiston, with a change to rain by the time we hit Portland. The good news is, I expect precipitation will fall as rain for most of the drive on Tuesday, and will lighten up by Boston. The drive will be close enough to the coast that rain is in the forecast, but not far inland from our route, there is sure to be snow mixing back in. We’ll finally break out of the rain around Allentown, which is good, as the terrain will begin to undulate a bit more for the rest of the day. It’s not going to last much longer, as we will call it a day in Dickinson, Pennsylvania, which will arrive just past Harrisburg.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Most of the drive on Wednesday will be fairly pleasant, between the monster system that will be on its way for the Canadian Maritimes and another feature that is tracking further north, and will have access to less moisture. We’ll make it to eastern Tennessee before the day ends, but we will arrive at about the same time as a line of showers and thunderstorms that will be blowing up along the second system’s cold front. The day will end in Kingston, Tennessee, west of Knoxville.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Behind the front, life looks pretty good. There may be some post frontal overcast, with some intermittent drizzle, which will likely last only through eastern Tennessee. The drizzle is unlikely, and any threat for it will be done after we pass through Nashville. Expect chilly temperatures but sunny skies as we arrive in Hot Springs. Maybe we can see about finding one of those Hot Springs while we’re here…

Bangor, Maine to Lewiston, Idaho

Happy New Year everybody! Who wants to start things off with a 3,000+ mile road trip, shall we? *groans*


We start off on our nearly week-long journey heading southwest out of Bangor with high pressure overhead. It’ll still be cloudy as a system trekking up the East Coast will spread high-level clouds over the region, but it’ll still be dry as we make our way past Portland and through far southeastern New Hampshire. Dry weather continues as we continue west through Massachusetts, but an isolated snow shower or two could greet us as we pull into Albany, NY for the night.


Today is going to be a pretty soggy day as the aforementioned low pressure system shifts through the Northeast today. There’s a chance of some early morning freezing rain but that should pretty much all be gone by the time we make our way past Syracuse. Rain will greet us the rest of the day as we continue by Buffalo and then Erie, PA. Light rain showers will linger as we continue into northeastern OH, with perhaps a changeover to some light snow showers along the lakefront as we continue by Cleveland. We finish the night in Amhearst.

Strong northwesterly winds will no doubt kick up some lake-effect snow showers over the Great Lakes today, but luckily we’ll be past the worst areas of it as we continue westward on I-90 towards northern Indiana. We might see some lake-effect snow showers as we push past South Bend, but the duration of any such precip will be short-lived as we continue past it and drive through Chicago. Quiet weather will be expected the rest of the day as we continue by Rockford, Madison, and finally end our day in Wisconsin Dells.


A quiet start to the day due to high pressure is expected as we’ll head west on I-94 for the entire day. Once we make it past Minneapolis, we might be greeted by a weak low-pressure system bringing some light snow-showers, but it shouldn’t be anything that slows us down too much. Activity should wind down as we pass Fargo and end our night in Jamestown, ND.


High pressure sitting over southern Saskatchewan will keep the travel dry today as we head further west on I-94 into Montana and eventually into Billings for the night. Low pressure ejecting out into the Central Plains will bring clouds to the Billings area for the evening, but snow should remain south of the area.


Finally! The last day! High pressure continues to keep the route dry and quiet throughout much of the day as we negotiate our way through the mountains of Western Montana. Clouds will increase throughout the day due to a storm system pushing inland over the Western US, but only some light snow will make it to Lewiston before we arrive.

Lewiston, Idaho

How close can you get to Washington while still remaining in Idaho? Lewiston is about as close as you can get! Let’s find out what’s happening in this border town tonight.

At 856pm PST, the temperature at Lewiston, ID was 27 degrees with light snow falling. An area of low pressure is found along the OR coastline, with a boundary connecting it through the Northern Rockies to a system starting to eject out over the Plains. Some light snow will linger into the early morning hours from this system, but high pressure found over Western Canada will push its way down into the region throughout the day Monday. While areas in Southern Idaho and eastern Oregon will continue to see some scattered snow showers, mainly up in the higher elevations, Lewiston will be void of such activity as we head into Tuesday. This high pressure will bring some colder temps with it and could possibly see some subzero temps on Wednesday.

Monday: Few isolated snow showers possible in morning, then cloudy. High 24, Low 15.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 17, Low 9.

TWC: Monday: Mostly cloudy, chance of morning snow. High 22, Low 16.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 16, Low 8.

AW: Monday: Mostly cloudy, a bit of morning snow. High 24, Low 16.
Tuesday: Very cold with clouds and sun. High 15, Low 10.

NWS: Monday: Slight chance of morning snow, then mostly cloudy. High 23, Low 9.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 15, Low 4.

WB: Monday: Chance of morning snow. High 24, Low 15.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 16, Low 6.

WN: Monday: Mostly cloudy with slight chance of light snow. High 23, Low 9
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 16, Low 5.

FIO: Monday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 27, Low 13.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy starting in the morning. High 21, Low 8.

Here we see some light snow showers lifting north of the Lewiston area, although additional activity is being hidden by the mountains from the radar beams.

A Memorial Day weekend to remember

The thing about the Pacific Northwest is that it is filled with people who love to enjoy the Great Outdoors. With a three day weekend, no doubt the people of Lewiston were able to enjoy most of their holiday weekend, as temperatures were pleasant and rain and thunderstorms mostly spared the town. They didn’t entirely spare Lewiston, however, and that was the difference for Accuweather, who fell back to a tie for 4th place, while the Weather Service and Weatherbug ended up the victors
Actuals: Sunday – Trace of precip, High 81, Low 54
Monday – .01 inches of rain, High 75, Low 57

Grade: A-D