The run-up to Christmas is looking to be wet and windy, except in the mountains.

According to the National Weather Service, a series of Pacific storms will bring rain, mountain snow and gusty winds to Southeast Washington through Christmas Day.

The first system was expected to arrive Saturday night and a second will quickly follow today.

Rainfall amounts are expected to range between a tenth- to a quarter-inch with wind gusts of around 20 mph.

Snow levels will be low Saturday night at around 1,500 to 2,000 feet and are expected to rise Sunday. Christmas Eve will be wet with numerous rain and show showers throughout the region.

The forecast for Christmas Day in Walla Walla is for partly sunny skies with a 30 percent chance of showers. The high should be near 40 degrees.

As of Saturday morning, precipitation for the month was below average with 1.23 inches recorded at Walla Walla Regional Airport, a mark 0.49 inches below normal.

The month has also been much warmer than usual with an average temperature of 40.1 degrees, which is 6.3 degrees above normal.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

Andy Porter has been with the Union-Bulletin since October 2000. His beats include Walla Walla County, city of College Place, Washington State Penitentiary, agriculture, environment as well as a wide range of general assignment topics.

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