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After warm respite, wet pattern to return this weekend

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Tim Hearden Storm clouds over trees
Cooler temperatures, intermittent rain and snow are expected in the West next week.

The warm, spring-like sunshine that has bathed the West Coast in recent days will give way to rain and snow showers this weekend, forecasters say.

A change in the weather pattern late in the week will bring cooler temperatures and a chance for rain or snow showers, especially over the mountains Friday and Saturday., according to the National Weather Service 

A cooler and unsettled weather pattern will persist next week with several weather systems passing over the Pacific Northwest and possibly Northern California, according to the agency.

In the Northwest, a storm Sunday and Monday will be followed by partly cloudy skies on Tuesday in Seattle and Portland, then another system will roll in later in the week, according to local media forecasts.

"There is a possibility of snow" in Portland on Monday and Wednesday, NWS meteorologist Miles Higa told OregonLive.

 The shift follows a stretch of warmer-than-normal temperatures throughout the West. Portland has had 16 days in January above 50 degrees, while Salem has had 15 days and Astoria 17 days, the NWS reports. In California, the Sacramento airport registered at least 70 degrees over successive days Jan. 16-18.

The federal Climate Prediction Center envisions a better-than-even chance of above-average rain and snow in the West over the next two weeks.

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