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Wind-swept rain, mountain snow target northwestern US through the weekend

A pair of storms will deliver persistent rounds of rain, mountain snow and gusty winds from San Francisco to Seattle through Sunday.

As quickly as the first storm exits the region on Saturday night, a second storm will follow on its heels, poised to bring more wet weather to the rain-weary region on Sunday.

Unlike the system that rolled through on Friday, these two storms will bypass Southern California and focus the bulk of the precipitation from San Francisco northward.

The second storm arriving on Sunday is forecast to be the most potent of the weekend, delivering both heavy rain and high winds.

"Strong winds will affect Seattle and Portland late Sunday into Sunday night," AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll said. "Wind gusts past 50 mph are likely."

The combination of saturated grounds and high winds could cause uprooted trees and downed power lines.

Pacific coast residents may want to grab a rain jacket instead of an umbrella due to the high winds.

Enough cold air will be present to dump feet of snow across the Washington and Oregon Cascades and the Sierra Nevada.

"Interstate 90 through Snowqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 through Stevens Pass will be snow covered and slippery, causing travel delays through the weekend," Doll added.

While the bulk of the rain and mountain snow will exit the area on Monday, spotty rain and snow showers are forecast to linger into midweek.

Wet weather has been a familiar sight for many across the Pacific Northwest since the beginning of 2016.

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Seattle and Portland experienced above-normal rainfall in both January and February. Each city has already exceeded their normal rainfall for the month of March by over an inch. The last dry day in both cities was Feb. 25.

Drier air moving in by late week is expected to break the seemingly never-ending pattern of cloudy, cool and damp conditions.