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December 4, 2013 at 8:02 AM
Have those ice scrapers and hefty parkas handy because the chilly temperatures you’re feeling now aren’t going away anytime soon.
Temperatures across the Puget Sound region are downright cold. In Seattle, folks woke up today to sub 30 degrees. In Olympia and Hood Canal, folks are feeling the winter blast at temperatures in the teens.
The cold and dry weather is expected to last through the weekend. Snow is not in the forecast for Seattle or the Cascades but a few flurries are possible around the Oregon border on Friday, said Jeff Michalski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
While it feels awfully cold, Michalski said we’re not seeing record-breaking temperatures.
“This is definitely below normal, but we can get a few cold snaps. The record low [for today] was 21 degrees at SeaTac in 1994,” he said.
The average high this time of year at SeaTac is 47 degrees, with a low of around 36 degrees.
The low temperature at Sea-Tac today was 29 degrees.
December 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM
While weather forecasts over the weekend called for a cold and potentially snowy Monday night, the National Weather Service now expects it to be dry and not quite as chilly as first thought when the Seahawks kick off against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field tonight.
A frigid front is taking its time arriving from Canada, leaving midday temperatures at a higher-than-expected 45 degrees in Seattle and causing the National Weather Service to project temperatures in the upper 30s when the game starts at 5:40 p.m. That’s a far cry from the earlier prediction of temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Still, 39 degrees is no cakewalk.
A meteorologist cautioned there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation before 10 tonight., but said we ”probably won’t get anything.”
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.
September 30, 2013 at 9:59 PM
After a gorgeous summer, this month was the wettest September in Seattle’s history.
As of 6 p.m. Monday, 6.16 inches of total rain had fallen on the city, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service reported that the rainfall broke the previous record of 5.95 inches, set in 1978.
August 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM
Today’s stormy weather is expected to continue through the night but then let up for a rain-free Labor Day weekend.
After a possible thunderstorm tonight with winds as high as 22 mph, the National Weather Service projects, Friday will be cloudy with a high near 72.
The NWS says it will be sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 70s — 79 and 78 degrees, respectively. Monday will be a little cooler, around 74, and cloudy, the forecast says.
The evenings are expected to be dry, too. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 57 degrees; Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 59; and Sunday and Monday night will be mostly cloudy with lows around 59 degrees, the weather service says.
May 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM
Western Washington residents flooded parks and picnic areas Sunday to take advantage of the glorious May weather.
But the sunny skies also led to a string of rescues and two deaths as adventurers took to area lakes and streams.
Temperatures hit a high of 83 degrees around 4 p.m. at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, just a few degrees shy of the record of 86, set in 1953. And today’s warm temperatures are expected to continue through Monday, a date with a record high of only 79 degrees, set back in 1957.
“Today is much warmer than is typical, but we didn’t set any new records,” said meteorologist Josh Smith at the National Weather Service in Seattle. “But tomorrow, we almost certainly will.”
The blue-sky day brought kids to playgrounds and college students to area beaches and also led kayakers and rafters to hit nearby waterways.
On the Stillaguamish River along state route 530 in Snohomish County, authorities received calls from several people around 2:30 p.m. who said a raft had overturned dumping a man and a woman into the water. The county’s marine services unit sent out rescue divers who eventually found both victims. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital, according to Lt. Kathi Lang at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Their names were not released.
An hour and a half later, Pierce County authorities started receiving calls about an accident on Spanaway Lake, where a 55-year-old man disappeared under water after another rafting accident. He is presumed dead, said Randy Stephens, assistant chief with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.
Details of the accident were still unclear, but Stephens said that incident started about 3:50 p.m. when the man and two women were on either a raft or an inner tube that was being pulled behind a boat. Somehow the man fell off and disappeared under the water.
Pierce County Sheriff’s office sent out its dive team, which used specialized equipment to sweep the bottom of the lake. But by 5:15 p.m. it seemed increasingly unlikely that they would find the man alive, Stephens said.
“We’re moving from a rescue operation to a body recovery,” he said.
Northwest residents are urged to use caution in coming days, as the warm weather continues. Smith, at the weather service, said temperatures will remain high on Monday, and begin dropping into the 70s through the middle of the week with occasional scattered clouds. Highs may drop to the 60s by late week with rain not expected until at least Sunday.
March 19, 2013 at 9:18 PM
Lately, Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on Groundhog Day — that spring would come early — has been believable in the Pacific Northwest. But now the National Weather Service’s forecast for the first day of spring, Wednesday, includes rain, wind and a chance of snow showers at higher elevations in the Seattle area.
A midweek storm, a cold-air mass from Alaska and an unpredictable convergence zone could bring snow, hail and thunderstorms to the Puget Sound region Wednesday and Thursday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Albrecht.
An unstable air mass over the Seattle area Wednesday afternoon could create 40- to 50-mph-wind gusts and thunder. Later that night and Thursday morning, cold temperatures and erratic weather patterns could bring snow to Puget Sound areas as low as Seattle — but it isn’t expected to stick, Albrecht said.
But Albrecht, who lives in Everett, said with a convergence zone like ours, he’s always prepared for storms to bring something unpredictable.
“I’ve seen 8 inches of snow in late April with a convergence zone,” he said.
Chances of snow should dissipate Thursday by 11 a.m., but by the afternoon, the Seattle area may have to brace for another thunderstorm.
Mountain passes could get up to 18 inches of snow by Wednesday night. Temperatures at the 5,000 foot level are expected to be around 16 degrees.
The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center predicts high avalanche danger this week throughout the Cascades and Olympics.
Friday should be cold for the area as well and may bring some of its own snow showers as temperatures dip to the mid-30s in Seattle and low-30s in Everett.
January 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Hoping for a big snowfall down low this week? If you’re living in Seattle, chances are you’ll have to keep waiting.
Much of the Puget Sound Region is getting what you would expect, that typical Seattle rain, says National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Reedy. While temperatures are expected to drop, the intensity of the rain is expected to ease up today and that means snow here isn’t likely.
People living around Everett and to the north and in the higher elevations might see a dusting of snow Thursday night. A few folks in Seattle might see a few flurries as well, Reedy said.
In the Seattle-area, expect temperatures around 48 degrees today, dipping to the mid 30s tonight. The rest of the week, daytime temperatures will hover around 40, Reedy said.
If you’re looking for snow, head to the mountains, where a winter storm warning has been issued from Snohomish County and north, with up to 15 inches of snow expected to fall.
November 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM
A series of strong fronts will bring wind and heavy rain to Western Washington today and Monday, leading the National Weather Service to issue a slew of warnings and watches.
A winter storm warning is in effect through midnight Monday for the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, where accumulations of 9 to 30 inches of snow are expected. The highway passes –- Stevens, Snoqualmie and White –- will get mostly snow today, but the precipitation is expected to change to rain on Monday, perhaps temporarily dashing the hopes of skiers.
With up to 2.5 inches of rain forecast for the lowland areas of Western Washington, the Weather Service warned landslide are possible, especially in areas where previous rain has soaked the ground. The heaviest rainfall is expected late this afternoon and late Monday morning, said NWS meteorologist Jay Neher. “There could be a break in the rain Monday night and Tuesday morning,” he said.
Flooding is possible by tonight on the Skokomish River, in Mason County.
Through 10 p.m. today, winds of 25 to 40 mph are likely along the coast and in Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties, with gusts up to 60 mph. High seas and gale-force winds are expected off the coast through 4 a.m. Monday.
At this point, the forecast for Thanksgiving calls for just a chance of rain, with heavy precipitation moving in Thursday night,.
November 5, 2012 at 6:32 AM
Weather: Today we’ll have patches of fog before 10 a.m., but otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 58. Thanks to the time change, expect an early sunset at 4:45 p.m. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: Be careful out there in the fog this morning. Remember that the I-90 express lanes will be closed to all traffic at 10 a.m. for monthly maintenance. The map and cams.
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