Time to dig out your sweaters and jackets. A cold front is moving into the region next week.
The National Weather Service in Pendleton issued a special weather statement this afternoon that much cooler, wetter weather is returning to the region, including the Mid-Columbia and Yakima Valley.
Temperatures are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below normal, with daytime highs in the 50s and 60s in the lower elevations and 40s and 50s in the mountains.
Overnight lows will be in the 30s and 40s, with mid 20s to lower 30s in the mountains.
If you’re planning to camp, fish or just travel through the region, especially in the mountains, be prepared for the changing conditions.
“A large, low pressure system will be moving into the Pacific Northwest next week bringing rain, high elevation snow and much cooler temperatures starting Sunday night,” said the statement.
“Periods of rain will begin late Sunday and continue at times through much of the week. Most of the rain will be over the mountain areas, but the lower elevations will see some light rain at times,” said the weather service.
Snow levels will be about 7,000 feet on Sunday night and are expected to lower to 5,000 to 6,000 feet by Tuesday and be at 6,000 to 7,000 feet through the rest of the week.
The Tri-Cities is expected to remain sunny through much of the weekend, with highs near 75.