WEATHER: It’s Snowing! And We Might See 2-6? By Tonight; Winds Next

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With less than a month before winter, it’s a late-fall winter wonderland in the Burien area this morning (Monday, Nov. 22nd), with snowflakes blanketing the area nicely, making for some scenic yet slippery conditions.

This also means it’s time for a new update from the National Weather Service, which issued a “Winter Storm Warning” at 9:37am, warning us all that we can expect between two and six inches of the white stuff to fall by 10pm tonight, followed by even colder temps and some serious winds, with gusts up to 40mph.

Be sure to use common sense while driving, and be prepared for power outages as it’s likely that branches will fall onto electrical lines over the next day or so, leaving many of us in the dark again.

Here’s the entire warning:

Statement as of 9:37 AM PST on November 22, 2010

… Winter Storm Warning in effect until 10 PM PST this evening for the Seattle… Tacoma… Everett Metro areas including the Hood Canal area… the Kitsap peninsula and the eastern Puget Sound lowlands…

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Seattle… Tacoma… Everett Metro areas including the Hood Canal area… the Kitsap peninsula and the eastern Puget Sound lowlands for heavy snow… which is in effect until 10 PM PST this evening. The Winter Weather Advisory for this area is no longer in effect.

* Some affected locations… Everett… Gold Bar… Seattle… North Bend… Bremerton… Shelton… Tacoma… and Enumclaw.

* Timing… bands of snow will increase through the early afternoon and continue into the evening hours. The snow will end later this evening from the north… but some drifting of the snow is likely tonight as northerly winds increase to 20 to 30 mph and gusts to 40 mph.

* Accumulations… expect 2 to 6 inch amounts. Snowfall accumulations will be quite variable around the area with heaviest amounts occurring closer to the Cascade foothills and in localized bands around the central Puget Sound area.

* Wind… light and variable winds through mid afternoon will become north and increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph this evening. The gusty north winds tonight will cause some blowing and drifting of the snow. The combination of the strong wind and temperatures falling into the lower 20s will give wind chill values of 0 to 10 degrees above zero tonight.

* Impact… gusty winds near 40 mph could result in local power outages… thus consider alternate… but safe… sources of heat in case this occurs. Otherwise make sure you have plenty of extra warm clothing or blankets.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A winter storm warnings means severe winter weather is occurring or imminent. Those planning travel in the warned area should be prepared for hazardous… winter driving conditions and plan accordingly.

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