First taste of winter in air

A strong cold front is expected to bring rain and snow to the region tonight and Thursday.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Blues may be white by this weekend.

The first real taste of winter is expected come calling as the first of two Pacific storm systems moves into the area with a mix of rain and snow.

A strong cold front is forecast to sweep across Washington and Oregon tonight and Thursday, bringing rain and snow showers to the Walla Walla Valley and surrounding region. Snow levels are expected to drop to 2,000 to 3,000 feet over the Blue Mountains by late Thursday and possibly down to 1,500 feet Thursday night.

Daytime temperatures will fall into the mid-40s through the rest of the week and nighttime lows will be in the low 30s, although freeze warnings have not been issued as of this morning.

The second cold front will arrive Saturday, bringing another chance of mountain snow and mix of rain and snow in lower elevations through the weekend. Snow levels will remain low with some accumulating snow possible over the mountains, especially above 3,000 feet.

Forecasters say unsettled conditions are expected to continue through next week as weather disturbances continue to move through the region.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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