Snow is here – lots more to come!

by Bruce A. Smith 

Snow has come to the Puget Sound basin – just look outside!

Winter scenes in Eatonville area, Monday, January 16, 2012

The forecast for the next few says we might have quite a bit more snow, too, as the National Weather Service predicts that we will have accumulations tonight, Monday, and tomorrow, Tuesday of a couple inches, and maybe a bit more.

 However, on Wednesday, we might have as much as 5-9 inches of the white stuff before the Pineapple Express pumps in warm air and the snow turns to rain in the evening, with temperatures approaching 50 during the day, Thursday.

 Here is the NWS seven-day forecast for Graham, WA:

Winter Storm Watch

M.L.King Day:  Snow showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 33.  South wind around 9 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.  Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight:  Snow showers.  Steady temperature around 31.  South southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%.  New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tuesday:  Snow showers.  High near 35.  South southwest wind between 8 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.  New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tuesday Night:  Snow.  Low around 26.  West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north-northeast.  Chance of precipitation is 90%.  New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Wednesday:  Snow.  The snow could be heavy at times.  High near 41.  Northeast wind 5 to 13 mph becoming south.  Chance of precipitation is 100%.  New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Wednesday Night:  Rain.  Low around 35.  Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday:  Rain.  High near 47.  Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday Night:  Rain.  Cloudy, with a low around 34.

Friday:  Rain.  Cloudy, with a high near 45.

Friday Night:  Rain.  Cloudy, with a low around 36.

Saturday:  Rain.  Cloudy, with a high near 43.

Saturday Night:  Rain.  Cloudy, with a low around 30.

Sunday:  Rain.  Cloudy, with a high near 42.

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Over-wintering kale sports an one-inch coat of snow in an Eatonville garden.

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But, Wait!  Latest forecasts are getting worse – 2:35 pm.  Below is a Pierce County Alert just released for our area – and they are now forecasting up to 14 inches of snow in our area for Tuesday night through Wednesday:

 SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-2:35 PM PST MON JAN 16 2012

.WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT PST TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON… .WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…

SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS:  SEATTLE, TACOMA, BREMERTON, and SHELTON.

* TIMING…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AS COOLER UNSTABLE AIR CONTINUES OVER THE AREA. LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.  A MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM IS LIKELY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY OR WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  SNOW WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL BE WIDESPREAD AND HEAVY.

*SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…AT THIS TIME UP TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY.  TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN STEADY OR GRADUALLY FALL DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS…SO ROADWAYS MAY FREEZE.  A MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM IS LIKELY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. WEDNESDAY’S STORM MAY BRING 6 TO 14 INCHES OF SNOW.

MAIN IMPACT…EXTREME TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ARE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE WINTER WEATHER.  IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE WATCH AREA…CARRY AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…WATER…AND BLANKETS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

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 It gets much worse much sooner if you are traveling over the passes.

 OLYMPICS – WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES – WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES –
2:35 PM PST MON JAN 16 2012

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PST TUESDAY….WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…MOUNT BAKER, CONCRETE, DARRINGTON, INDEX, STEVENS PASS, PARADISE, AND MORTON. 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…ONE TO TWO FEET OF NEW SNOW BY LATE TUESDAY. 

ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF A COUPLE OF FEET ARE POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACT:…EXTREME WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO COMPACT SNOW AND ICE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE WINTER WEATHER.  IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE AREA…CARRY AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD,WATER, AND BLANKETS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

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3 Responses to Snow is here – lots more to come!

  1. Snow, snow. go away! It is beautiful but I would rather look at it in a photo! Global cooling, I guess.

  2. Paul Crosetto says:

    About 8 inches here and snowing.

    • brucesmith49 says:

      Paul, you’re our eyes in Ashford. In case we lose power, maybe you can call me on my cell phone and we spread the information around. This could be a doozy.

      I’ll email you now.

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