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December 10, 2013 at 6:52 AM
We don’t have to tell you, but we will anyway: We didn’t get snow overnight and this morning, at least in the Seattle area. The graphic below says there’s a 30 percent chance of snow, but we’re ignoring that. Here’s the good news. It’s supposed to warm up tomorrow and into the weekend, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 40s. Did you really think it would snow in the Seattle area overnight? Vote in our poll.
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December 10, 2013 at 5:56 AM
Seattle area commuters are getting a break this morning, as the much-feared snowfall failed to materialize in most of the area, and warmer temperatures are on the way.
Light snow was reported falling about 6 a.m. in areas of Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties, and a 30 percent chance of snow remains in the forecast for the Puget Sound area until 10 a.m. But accumulations, if any, are expected to be less than an inch, and a chance of rain is in forecast by afternoon.
By 6 a.m., the temperature at Seattle Tacoma International Airport was already above freezing, at 34, with a high of 36 forecast for the day.
Still warmer temperatures are on the way, hitting higher-than-normal levels by the end of the week, with Sea-Tac highs forecast of 43 on Wednesday and Thursday, 47 on Friday and 48 on Saturday. The normal high for Saturday’s date is 45.
Temperatures also are changing in Eastern Washington but remain below freezing.
The cold snap the past week froze pipes and flooded buildings in places across the state, says the Associated Press.
December 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM
It’s no “Snowmageddon,” but Monday’s wintry mix in the Puget Sound area is the first noteworthy cold-weather event in two years.
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December 9, 2013 at 7:45 AM
UPDATE 7:09 p.m| Although its Monday evening commute has ended without significant weather delays or disruptions, Metro Transit is cautioning that overnight snow and ice could affect bus service Tuesday morning. The regional transit agency asks passengers to check its weather alerts page for updates.
UPDATE 6:07 p.m.| The cities of Bellevue and Everett report that municipal road crews are working overnight to deal with icy and snowy roadways.
Bellevue city crews applied anti-icer on bridge decks and other areas susceptible to freezing this morning, the city reported in a media advisory. Bellevue’s crews also plan to monitor the weather throughout the night and will respond ”to any ice and snow related calls” as necessary.
Everett roads crews planned to work “overnight with our plows and sanding trucks to help keep roads clear,” city spokeswoman Marla Carter said in a media advisory.
In the event of snow, Everett will prioritize work on bridges, major arterials and bus routes before crews and plows move to secondary arterials and residential streets.
Officials for both cities warn drivers to allow extra time for Tuesday-mornings commutes.
UPDATE 5:55 p.m.| King County road crews will be out early tomorrow to deal with snowy and icy roads, especially in the Cascade foothill areas that are expected to get up to 3 inches of snow tonight.
The county said in a press advisory today that crews have been “applying anti-icer to major arterials for a few days now, so that will help prevent ice build-up. But as a precaution, some crews will be brought in ahead of tomorrow morning’s commute to plow and sand, as necessary.”
UPDATE 5:40 p.m.| The City of Seattle’s Transportation Department has posted online its Winter Weather brochure, which provides a map with alternative snow and ice routes, along with other useful phone numbers, websites and other information. For more information, click here.
UPDATE 3:45 p.m. | The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until noon tomorrow for east and southeast King County, with forecasts of 1 to 3 inches of snow.
Meteorologists expect parts of Seattle to get up to an inch of snow. The snow is expected to turn to rain by late morning or early afternoon Tuesday, meteorologist Josh Smith said.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m. | A light snow was reported falling in the Lake Stevens area in Snohomish County.
UPDATE 11 a.m.: | There’s a 30 percent chance of light snow in the Seattle metro area this afternoon, increasing to about 60 percent between midnight and 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow accumulations in most parts of the Puget Sound area are expected to be an inch or less, but could be higher in the Cascade foothills.
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Light snow fell early today along parts of the Washington Coast, and the chance of snow flurries in the Puget Sound will increase by mid-morning, said Chris Burke of the National Weather Service.
Precipitation is expected to be light, with most of Western Washington getting an inch or less of snow through today and Tuesday. Greater accumulations could occur in the Cascade foothills and in the mountains.
The forecast for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport calls for a chance of snow flurries after 10 a.m. today, and a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and Tuesday.
A greater threat to motorists could come Tuesday evening, with the possibility of freezing drizzle as the atmosphere gradually warms up. Burke said warm, moist air moving in over a cold surface layer of air can create rain that freezes as it falls.
A “Special Weather Statement” issued this morning by the Weather Service notes that even in light amounts, freezing precipitation can cause hazardous conditions on untreated roads and sidewalks.
By late Tuesday night, the cold air mass that’s been sitting on the Puget Sound area for several days is expected to have eroded, with temperatures rising into the 40s beginning Wednesday and running through the weekend.
Low temperatures overnight were 24 at Sea-Tac and 21 at Boeing Field. If that seems cold to you, consider what your friends and relatives east of the Cascades are coping with: Overnight lows of 7 degrees in Pasco, 6 in Ellensburg and Spokane, 4 in Moses Lake and -1 in George.
December 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM
After an unusual end to the work week that included snow on the ocean beaches, drier – and chillier – conditions are expected for the rest of the weekend for Western Washington, said Chris Burke of the National Weather Service.
Cold north winds drove down temperatures across the region late Friday afternoon, and Burke said that on Friday night into Saturday morning the reading could dip to 19 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 10 degrees lower than the previous night. Other lows: 18 at Everett, 19 at Tacoma and 19 at Olympia.
And Saturday night could be even a few degrees colder, Burke said.
The best chance of snow in the Puget Sound area could come as moisture moves back into the area Monday, but large accumulations are not expected. Warmer air will arrive by Tuesday, with highs of about 39 forecast in the Seattle area, and overnight lows that stay above the freezing level.
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December 2, 2013 at 6:38 AM
The Associated Press
High winds and falling trees forced the closure overnight of Interstate 90 in both directions across Snoqualmie Pass, but the pass was reopened about 6:30 a.m.
The Transportation Department closed the highway just before midnight Sunday for the 72 miles between North Bend and Ellensburg.
There were no restrictions on the highway, but the roadway has snow and slush.
During the I-90 closure, traffic was diverted to Highway 2 over Stevens Pass where chains are required. The North Cascades Highway is closed by snow slides.
The I-90 closure was prompted by a semi-truck hitting a tree Sunday night 5 miles west of Easton. The Washington State Patrol says the injured driver was taken to a hospital in Ellensburg.
Troopers said there were four collisions on the east side of the pass.
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.
November 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM
Hope you enjoyed some of Wednesday’s record high temperatures, because by Monday much of Western Washington, including Seattle, could be freezing.
Wednesday’s sunny weather brought record highs for the date: 57 in Seattle, 58 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 56 at Hoquiam, said National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg. Several other areas nearby were close to doing the same, he said.
But that all changes this weekend with a heavy rainstorm that will be followed by a freezing cold front and possibly snow that could fall on areas as low as Seattle, Burg said.
The storm coming through on Sunday is expected to dump between six and 12 inches of snow on the Cascades by Sunday night.
“If you’re traveling on passes this weekend, you might want to do that on Saturday,” said Burg.
Rain will be heavy at times in the Seattle area on Sunday, he said, but no flood warnings are expected at this point. Highs in the Seattle area will be around 50 degrees, and lows Sunday night will be in the upper 30s.
There’s a chance that moisture from the storm and a cold front behind it might overlap enough to bring snow to the Seattle area, Burg said.
“There’s still some uncertainty about when, how and where snow will happen,” Burg said. “It does look like if we get any snow, it’ll be very little — less than an inch.”
Whether it snows or not, though, temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will be freezing.
Mondays highs for Seattle during the day will be in the upper 30s.
“Rest assured, it’s going to get worse,” Burg said.
On Tuesday, highs for Seattle will be in the mid-30s and lows Tuesday night will be in the mid- to lower 20s.
If you’re feeling bad for yourself in the Seattle area, look to Bellingham’s to count yourself lucky. Its highs for Tuesday are expected to be in the lower 30s, and the lows at night could reach the high teens.
November 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Winter may not be officially here, but it’s settling into the mountain passes.
Chinook and Cayuse Passes are temporarily closed due to some 20 inches of new snow creating an avalanche danger, the Washington State Department of Transportation reports. WSDOT says the avalanche risk is too great to allow traffic to safely cross Highway 410 over Chinook Pass and Highway 123 over Cayuse Pass. More snow is in the forecast, which could produce several more feet of snow on Monday.
WSDOT maintenance crews will evaluate conditions after the storm to determine if the passes will reopen or remain closed for the season. In the past 40 years, the earliest the passes have closed was Oct. 7 in 1996. In 1976, the pass remained open all winter.
Stevens Pass has compact snow and ice, and Snoqualmie Pass has slush and rain. Traction tires advised on both.
Highway 20, the North Cascades Pass, remains open. Last year it closed on Nov. 20.
November 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM
The Associated Press
The National Weather Service says a strong cold weather system will bring rain and wind to the Western Washington lowlands Friday and heavy snow in the mountains where a foot of new snow is possible in the Cascade passes.
Forecasters say temperatures will drop with weekend highs only in the 40s and lows in the 30s.
Cross-state drivers should prepare for the snow in the mountain passes.
In Eastern Washington, the storm Friday also will bring rain and heavy snow in the mountains plus some of the coldest temperatures of the season, so far. Forecasters say highs Sunday will be near freezing and the lows Monday morning in the teens in parts of Eastern Washington.
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