WEATHER: Snow Hits Burien Wed. Night, Over 3 Inches Fall Near Sea Level


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Snow finally fell on the Burien area Wednesday night, and as of midnight, at least three inches were on the ground near sea level in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood, with large flakes still falling slowly.

The National Weather Service switched its “Winter Storm Warning” over to a “Winter Weather Advisory,” which will be in effect until 10am Thursday morning, and are telling us that “snow accumulations of 1 or 2 inches are likely tonight as snow showers continue to move into western Washington. Another inch or two may fall Thursday morning.”

There’s a 90% chance of snow overnight, and an 80% chance Thursday.

The Weather Peeps are also predicting some much colder temps over the next few days, so get your boots and gloves out and find that old sled in the shed, ‘cuz it’s going to be icy and slick.

Here’s the latest advisory:

Statement as of 7:43 PM PST on February 23, 2011

… Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 am PST Thursday for the southwest interior… Seattle/Bremerton area… Tacoma area… lower Chehalis valley area… north coast… and central coast…

… Winter Storm Warning is cancelled for the southwest interior… Seattle/Bremerton area… Tacoma area… lower Chehalis valley area… north coast… and central coast…

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the southwest interior… Seattle/Bremerton area… Tacoma area… lower Chehalis valley area… north coast… and central coast… for snow… which is in effect until 10 am PST Thursday. The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled.

* Some affected locations… Seattle… Bremerton… Tacoma… Puyallup… Olympia… Forks… and Hoquiam.

* Accumulations… snow accumulations of 1 or 2 inches are likely tonight as snow showers continue to move into western Washington. Another inch or two may fall Thursday morning.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow… sleet… or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities… and use caution while driving.

Here’s the latest forecast:

Overnight: Snow showers. Low around 27. Southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Thursday: Snow showers, mainly before 4pm. High near 33. North northwest wind between 6 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. North northeast wind around 17 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. North northeast wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Northeast wind between 3 and 7 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 37.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 43.

Sunday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

SNOWFLAKE PHOTO CREDIT: Beth Wagner

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