WEATHER: Despite No Real Snow (Yet), ‘Winter Storm Warning’ Still In Effect


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Despite no tangible evidence of snow on the ground in the Burien area, but with plenty of cold, blustery wind and ominous dark clouds often juxtaposed minutes later with clear blue sky, the National Weather Service peeps are still telling us that there’s a “Winter Storm Warning” in effect until 10am Thursday morning.

In fact, they’re still saying things like “snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are likely tonight as an Arctic front drops south. Another inch or two may fall Thursday morning as moisture overruns the Arctic air.”

Yeah, right.

At 4:32pm, the Weather Wonks released this short-term forecast:

HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LEADING EDGE OF ARCTIC AIR WILL DROP SOUTH THROUGH NORTHERN KING AND WESTERN SNOHOMISH COUNTIES DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE. THESE SHOWERS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LOCALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN A SHORT TIME…AS HAS BEEN REPORTED BY WEATHER SPOTTERS IN PORT TOWNSEND AND AROUND WHIDBEY ISLAND.

Here’s the latest warning, released at 3:40pm, in its entirety:

Statement as of 3:40 PM PST on February 23, 2011

… Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 am PST Thursday for the Seattle/Bremerton area… Tacoma area… and Hood Canal area…

A Winter Storm Warning for the Seattle/Bremerton area… Tacoma area… and Hood Canal area remains in effect until 10 am PST Thursday.

* Some affected locations… Seattle… Bremerton… Tacoma… Puyallup… and Shelton.

* Accumulations… snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are likely tonight as an Arctic front drops south. Another inch or two may fall Thursday morning as moisture overruns the Arctic air.

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.

Here’s the latest forecast, which shows a low of 21 predicted for Friday:

Late Afternoon: Snow. High near 36. North northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 27. North northwest wind between 7 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Thursday: Snow showers, mainly before 4pm. High near 33. North northwest wind between 5 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. North northwest wind between 16 and 20 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. North northeast wind around 11 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Sunday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

If you’re wondering if any snow is falling yet, we’ve made it easy for you – just check out The B-Town Blog’s collection of webcams from around the area:

I-5 at 178th

I-5 at 188th

I-5 at 200th

Hwy 99 at West Marginal Way

Seahurst Park Beach Webcam

Wag the Dog Dogcam #2:

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