October 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM
Mountain passes could get snow this weekend
A cold front headed toward the Pacific Northwest this weekend could sink snow levels down to as low as 3,000 feet and dust a few inches onto Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass, according to the National Weather Service.
Not much accumulation is expected where it does snow, so it’s not likely to have a significant impact on traffic over the passes, according to weather-service meteorologist Dennis D’Amico. He also doesn’t think enough snow will drop to jump start ski season.
“They need a couple feet for the season to start,” D’Amico said.
Some snow already fell on Tuesday just above the road level of Stevens Pass, according to D’Amico. Temperatures near the passes will hover at or above freezing temperatures through the weekend and maybe longer, he said.
D’Amico said the entire region will be cooling down over the next week. Seattle will have intermittent showers over the weekend, especially on Saturday, and lows in the 50s, he said.
“We’re not looking at any big warm-up in the next week,” D’Amico said.
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