Longview, apparently, is the name of the primary city in this particular metro area, though the city I had heard of right next door is Kelso. Anyways, it’s northwest of Portland, and is due for a forecast.
At 935AM, PT, Longview was reporting cloudy skies with a temperature of 53 degrees. Easterly flow was feeding a cold front off the coast, but for the time being, western Washington is dry. A little bit of moisture simply found itself trapped in the Cowitz River Valley, leading to the ceilings.
The sharp upper level trough off the coast of Vancouver Island producing the front is going to recede back north up the British Columbian Coast, and the front will weaken. Instead, a trough will move into town, and only clouds and lighter rain will be an issue tomorrow. As the trough lifts north, a surface ridge will develop over the Pacific Northwest. Expect some clearer conditions in the afternoon, though morning clouds are still going to be likely.
Tomorrow – Cloudy with some light rain, High 62, Low 49
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy early, then clearing late, High 67, Low 43
TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 61, Low 49
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 65, Low 43
AW: Tomorrow – Variable clouds with a shower High 61, Low 51
Tuesday – Partial sunshine High 69, Low 40
NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, High 61, Low 50
Tuesday – Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, High 65, Low 46
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morning… Then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. High 61, Low 48
Tuesday – Partly sunny. Patchy morning fog High 66, Low 44
The look at the Longview satellite shows that there are some abundant clouds in western Washington, but they have sunk lower in the Cowitz Valley, something you can’t really tell here.