The Tri-Cities area is known far and wide for its "300 days of sunshine" a year. Besides wine, it's probably our biggest selling point to attract visitors and major events. There's another town just a few miles away that could steal our claim to fame.
If you're planning to head east on I-84, you better postpone the trip. I-84 is closed both eastbound and westbound between Exit 216 (six miles east of Pendleton) and Exit 302 (near Baker City) due to severe weather with snow and ice on the road.
According to the University of Washington Climate Outlook page and the National Weather Service Climate Prediction data, the probability of cooler temperatures is high for the Pacific Northwest this April through June. The summer months appear to be a tossup - it could be hellishly hot again.