WALLA WALLA — Batten down the hatches. It’s going to be a windy, rainy week.
A “very active” weather pattern will bring gusty winds and rain today through Wednesday. But things are expected to dry up in time for Thanksgiving, but only for a short while.
A high wind watch is in effect today with damaging wind gusts possible through this evening. Rain showers are also in the forecast with the bulk of precipitation expected Tuesday, then tapering off Wednesday.
No power failures had been reported as of this morning, according to spokesmen for Pacific Power, Columbia Rural Electric Association and Milton-Freewater Light and Power.
High winds are expected to diminish after midnight, but breezy conditions will continue through Tuesday evening. Temperatures, however, are expected to stay relatively warm with highs in the 50s to upper 40s through Thanksgiving.
The forecast for Thursday calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 47 degrees. But after a mostly dry Thanksgiving, another storm system will bring in more valley rain and mountain snow.
Temperatures and snow levels are also expected to drop as a cold front moves across Eastern Washington and Oregon. Snow levels will be 4,000-5,000 feet ahead of the front dropping to 2,000-3,500 by Thursday morning.