Hello skiers and snowboarders,
The map below reflects the current temperatures at 5 am Sunday, Jan 14, which factors in the wind, so we have the current windchill temperatures. The circled area is at Snoqualmie Pass. The air temperatures (not factoring in the wind) are:
- Mt Baker 18
- Blewett Pass -12
- Stevens Pass -8
- Snoqualmie Pass -5
- Crystal Mountain (base) 15
This pattern can be found when we have the current conditions of modified arctic air mass in place. The main message is very cold temperatures in Eastern Washington, notice the temperature just east of Snoqualmie Pass on I-90, which is currently listed as -20 windchill. The other interesting fact is that when we have east winds like we do now, this drags the cold air from Eastern Washington and greatly impacts Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes.
The good news on Monday is that while it will still be cold, temperatures will slowly start to warm up. Although afternoon winds start to increase, especially at Snoqualmie, to 15 to 20 mph.