An active weather pattern will send several storms into the northwestern United States through the upcoming week.
"The Pacific Northwest will be receiving round after round of rain and snow through next week, beginning on Sunday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.
Following a round of rain to begin the weekend, another storm will move onshore on Sunday. Each storm that rolls across the Northwest will feature a small area of high pressure in its wake, leading to a brief period of dry weather and some sunshine.
Enough mild air will be in place during each storm that snow levels will stay mainly above pass levels. Nonetheless, significant snow will fall across the higher elevations of the Cascades into next weekend.
The areas likely to receive the heaviest rainfall by early next week include western Washington and Oregon. Less rainfall will reach portions of northern California.
"Heavy rainfall is likely along the Washington and Oregon coasts and areas just inland, while the Cascades will receive a decent amount of snow," Elliott said.
While each storm is not expected to produce inches of rain from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, enough rain will fall at times to raise the risk of hydroplaning for those traveling at highway speeds.
The added rainfall will continue to add to the current record for the wettest winter on record for Seattle and Portland.
"With winter winding down, skiers and snowmobilers will want to get out next week and take advantage of the fresh powder," Elliott said.
By the middle of next week and into next weekend, the storm track may shift south, allowing more rain to reach much of California.
"The weather pattern looks to get wetter across much of California by the second week of March," AccuWeather Western US Expert Ken Clark said.
A series of storms may move across California through the second week of the month. These storms could produce inches of rain from San Francisco to Los Angeles and heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada.
Should the storm track favor more of California, rain will still reach the Pacific Northwest, but it will be less numerous.