WESTERN WASHINGTON – Rain will continue to fall Thursday night in the Seattle area and northward with a few pockets of snow falling in the mountains.
A winter weather advisory ended at 10 p.m. for elevations above 2,000 feet for the Central Cascades, which received an additional 4 to 10 inches of snow.
A winter storm watch was issued for the mountains Friday evening through the weekend. This will be the heaviest snow event of the season so far for the Cascade and Olympic Mountains with 1 to 3 feet of fresh snow including the passes.
The passes should close sometimes late Friday until the weekend.
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Early Friday we could again see wet snowflakes falling north of Everett. However, the start of the day should be fairly calm with morning lows in the 1930s. As the day progresses the highs around western Washington will reach the mid 1940s with a few showers and the mountain snow will continue. to fall.
Chief meteorologist Morgan Palmer said a powerful weather system would shift to start the weekend with the increasing wind.
A high wind watch has been issued for northern Island County and also the coast for wind gusts from Friday evening to Saturday morning, potentially reaching 60 mph in the most windy areas.
In other areas, including the Everett-Seattle-Tacoma Corridor, a wind advisory was issued Friday evening through Saturday morning as winds could reach 40 mph in many locations, even reaching 50 mph in most areas. wind-prone areas along the water.
Power outages could occur as the strongest winds could strike between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday.
By noon on Saturday, the strongest winds will have passed but the day should still be windy.
Until Sunday, the snow in the mountains will continue, but maybe not as heavy as on Saturday. But travel with a pass will always be very difficult, if not almost impossible at times. Rain will diminish more in the lowlands as the day progresses on Sunday, although there is a risk of an isolated thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon and evening around the region. The peaks will be in the 40s this weekend in the lowlands.
The weather forecast looks very promising for other station openings before Christmas week.
Next week it looks like we will have less humidity in the area, but it will be unusually cold with lows in the 1930s and highs only in the 1940s. Snow levels are likely to be quite low ( less than 1000 feet) and some snow can mix with rain at just about any time. It is too early to know if we will have enough cold air and humidity to have accumulations of snow on the plains, but at the moment there does not appear to be a high probability of a major snow event in the plains next week. The weather forecast looks very promising for other station openings before Christmas week.
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