Topic: mountain passes
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December 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Snow could fall on a widespread area including Seattle early Wednesday, and that could make the morning commute a bit tricky.
Puget Sound area snow levels are sinking low again tonight and Wednesday morning with the chance of precipitation at 80 percent, according to the National Weather Service.
Up to an inch of snow could accumulate in areas 300 feet and higher across the region. That includes Seattle neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, Wedgwood and Beacon Hill. You can check the elevation of several other neighborhoods and cities here. A pocket of cold air trapped against the east side of the Olympic Mountains could create especially snowy conditions for Hood Canal, where 2 to 4 inches was expected overnight.
Weather service meteorologist Dustin Guy said Seattle would probably see more of a rain/snow mix overnight. If there is accumulation, Guy estimated it would most likely happen between 4 and 8 a.m.
Snow levels will remain at about 1,000 feet after 9 a.m. Wednesday, but a warm front bringing temperatures into the mid-40s by the afternoon should ensure that the Seattle metro area only gets rain for the rest of the day, Guy said. About three-quarters of an inch of rain could fall in a 24-hour period.
As the storm continues over Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, mountain passes could see at least a foot of snow and elevations above that could get several feet of snow.
“It’s going to get very wet — well, and white in some areas — because this is a significant system,” Guy said of Wednesday night’s forecasted storm. “The mountains are going to get clobbered.”
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