UPDATE, 2:45 p.m. | Reports of snow mixed with rain in the Shoreline and Everett areas. So far it’s not sticking.
UPDATE 1:13 p.m. | The National Weather Service says get ready for the cold because we’ve seen the high temperatures for the day.
Johnny Burg, meteorologist with the weather service, said “we’ve already seen our high temperatures for the day and temperatures are already dropping into the 40s.”
Burg said the heavy rain that has been falling all morning – just over an inch registered at the National Weather Service office in Northeast Seattle since 4 a.m. – will decrease throughout the afternoon. By evening, Seattle will see a mix of rain and snow, Burg said.
Flakes, Burg said, are expected to fall overnight. By morning Seattle could see up to an inch of snow on the ground; up to 3 inches could fall in parts of Snohomish County.
Snow is expected to taper off Saturday morning and be replaced with partly sunny skies and cold temperatures in the 30s. Temperatures next week will return to the 40s, Burg said.
Folks living in Skagit County and north should be ready for cold temperatures but shouldn’t expect much snow from this round of wintry weather, Burg said.
UPDATED, 9:45 a.m.
You might want to add a snow shovel to your Black Friday shopping list – there’s a chance we could see a few flakes this weekend.
The rain should continue through Friday, with cold and wind developing this evening and temperatures falling into the 30s, according to the National Weather Service.
A Puget Sound convergence zone is expected near the King and Snohomish county line Friday evening, and snow levels could drop to below 300 feet overnight as the air cools. The National Weather Service says 1 to 3 inches of snow are possible by early Saturday morning in that area.
The rest of Western Washington from Seattle south could see some brief lowland snow with accumulations of less than an inch on Saturday morning as an arctic frontal system passes through.
After continued rain overnight, the Snoqualmie, Tolt and Green rivers are on Phase II flood alerts, with minor flooding expected in low-lying areas, according to the King County Flood Warning Center. Flood warnings also have been issued for the Stillaguamish and Skykomish rivers in Snohomish County.
Western Skagit and Whatcom counties and the San Juan Islands are expected to see temperatures in the 20s with winds of 25 to 40 mph and gusts up to 55 mph, the weather service says.
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