This morning (Sunday) many locations got into the 20s F west of the Cascades and the teens east of the crest.
Over the eastern side of the Columbia Gorge winds gusted to 50-80 mph in exposed locations like Crowne Point (see wind plots)
Crown Point Wind
Max gusts around Portland the past 24 h
As you can see from the surface pressure map at 8AM (pressures are solid lines, colors are temperature at low levels), there was a very large pressure difference in the Gorge...driving winds towards the west. On a lesser scale, a similar phenomena was occurring in Snoqualmie and Stevens passes, with winds gusting to 30-40 mph around North Bend, WA.
The latest model runs show a cold front moving across our region tomorrow afternoon. A front with only limited moisture. Temperatures will be too warm for snow over the lowlands on Monday, but the higher terrain will get several inches to roughly a half foot (see forecast of total 24h snow ending 4 AM on Tuesday). Maybe some light snow over parts of Whatcom County.
But if you are the Mayor of Seattle you can probably rest easy--the Metro area should get very little snow.
And now time for caveats. There will be cold air around on Tuesday. If our models were off by a few hundred miles regarding the position of the incoming upper level trough and associated surface low, a few inches of snow in Seattle is possible. But at this point it is unlikely.
And for those in NW Washington, the winds and wind chills on Tuesday and Wednesday will be FIERCE!. Consider the forecast gusts for 7 PM Tuesday--up to 60 knots over the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca. Bellingham will got 30-50 mph gusts.
Cold, sunny conditions will spread over our region from Wednesday to Saturday. Perfect for a walk or run before you Thanksgiving meal.