UPDATE: New ‘Special Weather Statement’ Released; Expect Rain/Snow


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The National Weather Service issued another “Special Weather Statement” Thursday morning (Feb. 17th) that predicts that we’ll see a mix of rain and snow down to sea level through Friday.

However, “the air mass is cold enough aloft to support snow to the surface during heavier showers,” say the weather wonks, so be careful out there.

One way to monitor the weather is via the use of our collection of Webcams – scroll down. To see the latest image, be sure to refresh the page.

Here’s the latest statement in its entirety:

Statement as of 5:21 AM PST on February 17, 2011

… Snow level temporarily lowering to sea level during heavy showers through Friday…

Scattered showers will continue to feature a mix of rain and snow down to sea level through Friday across western Washington. Despite maximum temperatures climbing into to the lower to mid 40s Thursday and Friday… the air mass is cold enough aloft to support snow to the surface during heavier showers.

From later Thursday morning through midday Friday… the best chances for accumulating snows will be along the north and central Washington coast… especially higher hills and a bit inland… where shower activity will be the most pronounced. A drier pattern will start to take effect later Friday and continue at least through the first half of the weekend.

While the threat for lowland snow accumulations is low… motorists should be prepared for short bursts of winter weather during this time period.

WEBCAMS:

I-5 at 178th

I-5 at 188th

I-5 at 200th

I-405 at SR181

Hwy 99 at West Marginal Way

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