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November 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM
Break out the mittens and mufflers; cold weather is on its way.
The National Weather Service says residents of Western Washington can expect to wake up Monday to temperatures a lot like they were most of Sunday — in the 40s — but that through the day the mercury is going to take a dive. By the time the Seattle Seahawks suit up for the game against the New Orleans Saints Monday night, it’s going to be close to freezing and getting colder by the hour.
Meteorologist Josh Smith says there might even be a few snow flurries during the game, but don’t expect snow to stick to the roads near Puget Sound. There could be some small accumulations inland above 500 feet, he said.
The cold temperatures are expected to stay through the week, bringing drier air to the region, Smith said. Strong, cold winds will move south from Canada through Bellingham, with bitter temperatures expected in the area.
Smith reported that minor flooding was expected along the Puyallup River near Orting.
March 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM
The Associated Press
The National Weather Service says heavy rain forecast through Wednesday in the Olympics and North Cascades will likely push rivers to flood stage.
Forecasters say a “pineapple express” from the direction of Hawaii is pouring warm moist air into Washington. They expect 4 to 7 inches of rain to fall by Thursday, mostly in the mountains. A flood watch has been issued for rivers on the Olympic Peninsula and for rivers flowing out of the Cascades from King County north. These include the Skokomish, Bogachiel, Tolt, Snoqualmie, and Stillaguamish rivers.
Forecasters say rain and warming temperatures this week also will fill rivers in the Inland Northwest, especially the Idaho Panhandle.
February 21, 2013 at 8:19 AM
A wild, wet and windy Friday is in store for Western Washington, driven by a weather system that could bring an inch or two of rain in the lowlands and up to two feet of snow in the mountains by Saturday morning.
The storm could hit in time to impact the Friday morning commute.
“It will be kind of breezy all day and pick up as the day goes on,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Schneider.
Gusts in the Seattle area could hit 40 mph Friday, with sustained winds between 15 and 30 mph. On the coast, gusts of up to 50 mph are forecast.
Drivers headed over the Cascades Friday are advised to expect difficult conditions, carry an extra flashlight, food, water and blankets in case of an emergency.
The snow level, at about 2,000 feet today, is expected to rise to about 3,000 feet on Friday then dip below 1,500 feet Friday night. That could produce snow in some of the higher foothills, Schneider said, but for the most part, there’s little chance of snow in the Puget Sound area, as lows could stay in the upper 30s – a couple degrees higher than normal for this time of year.
The weather service has also issued an “avalanche watch,” saying that back-country travel is not recommended Friday on avalanche-prone areas on the western slopes of the Cascades.
The weather is expected to calm down over the weekend, with a chance of rain Saturday and Sunday, but a series of storms is expected about every other day through next week.
January 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM
More than a foot of snow dropped on the Olympics and Central Cascades between Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Just as much, if not more, could fall again in Cascade areas above 4,000 feet by Wednesday morning.
Because temperatures increased in the mountains Tuesday, most precipitation falling on Snoqualmie pass over overnight is expected to be rain, according to Weather Service meteorologist Ni Cushmeer. Precipitation around Stevens Pass overnight is expected to be a rain/snow mix, she said.
Avalanche warnings have been issued for areas throughout the Cascades. On Wednesday, strong northwest winds are expected to increase avalanche danger to high in areas above 4,000 feet and to considerable danger below that elevation, according to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. Avalanche danger could also increase because of moderate rain that could warm the area. Back-country travel is not recommended because natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely, according to the center.
The lower Puget Sound will get plenty of its own rain on Wednesday and part of the Thursday with lows in the mid-40s and highs in the low 50s. Skies are expected to be partly sunny for Friday and Saturday.
July 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM
The Associated Press
WENATCHEE — A search is under way for a small plane that disappeared Monday in the Washington Cascades on a flight from Tonasket to Sequim.
The state Transportation Department’s Aviation Emergency Services says family members notified officials when the plane did not arrive.
A Tonasket man is the only person on board the home-made plane. Search spokeswoman Alice Fiman says he was flying to Sequim to pick up a family member. No emergency signal has been received.
Civil Air Patrol planes operating out of the Wenatchee Airport are searching the route a pilot would take between Tonasket and Sequim.
May 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM
The Associated Press
Washington Transportation Department crews are hard at work trying to re-open the Cascade mountain passes that are closed by winter snow and avalanche danger.
Like last year, this was another winter of above-average snow in the Cascades
The department says crews hope to reopen the Cayuse Pass on Tuesday, the North Cascades Highway on May 10, and Chinook Pass by May 25 for Memorial Day weekend.
April 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM
The Associated Press
A state senator’s plan to split Washington in half has put him in Double Jeopardy.
The long-running television quiz show “Jeopardy!” used a clue in Tuesday night’s show that mentioned Republican Sen. Bob Morton. The Kettle Falls lawmaker has previously proposed breaking Washington into two states, arguing that people on the eastern half have different politics, cultures and economies.
Morton’s plan has never gotten any traction in the Legislature.
The proposal made an appearance in a “Double Jeopardy!” segment under the category “Proposed States.” The $800 clue said: “State Senator Bob Morton has proposed that Washington east of these mountains go its own way.”
A contestant got the correct response: “What are the Cascades?”
March 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Snow: It just keeps coming down in the Cascade Mountains.
The folks at the Crystal Mountain ski area say 12 feet of snow has fallen there so far in March – more than any other month this season, and more than fell in November and December combined.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued the latest winter storm warning for the west slopes of the Cascades, with another one to two feet of snow expected in the passes by 6 p.m. today.
At midday, it was snowing in the major mountain passes. Traction tires were required on Stevens Pass and recommended on Snoqualmie Pass. Check for updates from the state Transportation Department. Snowfall is expected to continue, but taper off, through the weekend.
At Mount Baker Ski Area, more than 14 feet of March snow had fallen by last weekend, and snow continued this week. As of 10 a.m. today, more than 17 inches of snow had fallen in the previous 24 hours.
The snowfall at Crystal has now passed the 500-inch mark for the season, and is continuing to climb. Strong winds were reported at the summit this morning.
March 14, 2012 at 6:06 AM
The Associated Press
Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for the Cascades for today and tomorrow that could bring a lot of snow to the mountains.
Snoqualmie and Stevens passes could see 1 to 2 feet of fresh snow by Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Accumulations of 2 to 3 feet are expected above 4,500 feet in the Cascades.
Forecasters also expect snow Wednesday along the Hood Canal, the east slopes of the Cascades and the mountains of Eastern Washington.
The Weather Service says the pattern of cool showery weather is likely to continue in Washington for the rest of winter, at least.
Spring starts on Tuesday — on the calendar, anyway.
November 1, 2011 at 8:57 AM
Yikes! Snowflakes are already piling up. Not on the ground so much, but on the Weather Service forecasts for the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.
By Wednesday evening, snow may be falling over much of the Cascades north of Interstate 90, as a front moves through and pass temperatures dip into the 20s.
Heavier snowfall, three to six inches Wednesday night, is expected on some high mountain routes, including the highways to Mount Baker and the Paradise area on Mount Rainier.
By Saturday, snow could spread over much of Eastern Washington, from Wenatchee to Spokane, says the Weather Service.
Down in the Puget Sound lowlands, drivers are warned to watch out for freezing fog Tuesday night that could create hazardous conditions in some areas. That’s particularly likely in the South Sound, where temps around Olympia and Shelton could dip below freezing.
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