ADVISORY:Up To 4 Inches Of Snow Today; School Update (2008)


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The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday Dec. 17th, and says we should expect up to four inches of snow over the next 24 hours.

Also, most schools in the Burien area are closed (although JFK High School opens at 10:30am and St. Francis of Assisi starts 2 hours late) in anticipation of this major snow event:

  • HIGHLINE SCHOOL DISTRICT: CLOSED
    Administrative Offices Open.
  • JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL: 10:30am START
  • WESTSIDE SCHOOL: CLOSED
  • ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL: 2 HOURS LATE
  • HAMLIN-ROBINSON SCHOOL: CLOSED
  • SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: CLOSED
    No Out-of-District Transport. Uncertain weather forecast and concern for staff and student safety.
  • TUKWILA SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2 HOURS LATE
    No. A.M. ECEAP No. A.M. Preschool
  • FEDERAL WAY SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2 HOURS LATE
    Emergency Snow Routes, WATCH FOR UPDATES, No AM Kindergarten, Preschool, or Shuttles. No AM/PM HDST, ECEAP, ELO, or Puget Sound Skills, No Activity Buses, No Elementary Breakfast Programs, No Out-of-District Transportation.

And now, your daily fix of a Winter Weather Advisory:

… Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 am PST Thursday…

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Seattle… Tacoma… Bremerton and Hood Canal areas… and the southwest interior… lower Chehalis valley and the central coast… which is in effect until 10 am PST Thursday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Lower snow accumulations are expected over the southern part of western Washington today and tonight. This is due mainly to the central Puget Sound region being shadowed by the Olympics and southwest winds bringing above freezing air inland up the lower Chehalis valley from the central coast.

Over the central Puget Sound region… including Seattle… Tacoma… Bremerton and the Hood Canal area… up to 2 inches of snow is expected today. Another 1 to 3 inches may fall tonight as a convergence zone forms over the area. A total accumulation of 2 to 5 inches is expected through tonight… with the greatest amounts over the East Part.

Over the southwest interior… 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected today with an additional 1 to 3 inches tonight. The greatest amounts will be closer to the Cascades and east of the I-5
corridor.

Over the lower Chehalis valley and the central coast… up to 2 inches of snow is expected today with another trace to 2 inches expected tonight. Total accumulations will be locally up to 4 inches. The greatest amounts will be further inland away from the ocean. Warmer air will produce mainly rain along the coast… with rain spreading further inland this afternoon as southwest winds send the warmer air up the Chehalis valley. The rain or rain and snow mixed will change back to snow tonight as the air mass cools off.

Over the Admiralty Inlet area… including Whidbey Island and Port Townsend… 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected today with up to 2 inches additional accumulation tonight. The lower amounts here are due to a combination of shadowing from the Olympics and the presence of slightly warmer air moving east through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. However… cooler air will move over area tonight as northeast outflow from the Fraser valley begins to develop. Total accumulations of 1 to 5 inches is expected.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Monitor weather forecasts and Road conditions carefully. Stay indoors if at all possible. Travel is likely to be adversely impacted through Thursday.

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