WEATHER UPDATE: Snow “Pellets” Pelt Burien Area


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Snow squalls slammed the Burien area this afternoon, chock full of hail-like snow “pellets” which turned to regular flakes which have either lightened up or stopped entirely.

The question on everyone’s mind of course is:

Will the snow continue tonight?

Will school be delayed or closed tomorrow?

The National Weather Service says there’s a 90% chance of snow this afternoon, with lows hitting the mid-20s tonight, but only one to three inches accumulation:

AN ARCTIC FRONT IS PUSHING SOUTH THROUGH THE PUGET SOUND REGION BRINGING INTENSE SHOWERY WEATHER TO THE REGION. THE FRONT EXTENDS FROM THE KITSAP PENINSULA EAST AND ARCS NORTHWARD BACK INTO SNOHOMISH COUNTY WHERE IT HAS DROPPED A COUPLE OF INCHES ON THE EVERETT AREA. SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW AHEAD OF THE FRONT IS SPARKING INTENSE SHOWERS FOR THE SOUTHERN SOUND TOWARD THE CASCADES FOOTHILLS. HAIL…SNOW AND THE OCCASIONAL RUMBLE OF THUNDER MAY BE PRODUCED BY THESE SHOWERS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN SOUND. THE FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH THE SEATTLE METRO AREA AROUND 2 PM DROPPING A DUSTING TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE HEAVIER SHOWERS. THE FRONT WILL PUSH TO THE SOUTHERN SOUND IN THE AFTERNOON…POTENTIALLY AFFECTING THE EVENING COMMUTE.

Tuesday should be warmer, and we don’t know yet about any school closures or delays; best bet is to check www.schoolreport.org first thing in the am.

This Afternoon: Snow showers. High near 39. North northwest wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: Scattered snow showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. North northwest wind between 9 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind around 6 mph.

Here’s a closeup of the “snow pellets” that pelted B-Town around 1:30pm Monday:

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