WEATHER: ‘Winter Weather Advisory’ Issued; Up To 2″ More Of Snow Tonight?


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Just when we thought it was all over, the National Weather Service issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” Saturday afternoon (Feb. 26th) warning us that “snowfall accumulations of a trace to 2 inches are expected from tonight through Sunday morning.”

This alert is for the I-5 corridor stretching from Lewis to King counties, and it’s in effect from 7pm tonight until 9am Sunday morning.

Here’s the statement in its entirety:

Statement as of 3:23 PM PST on February 26, 2011

… Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7 PM this evening to 9 am PST Sunday…

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the I-5 corridor of Lewis… Thurston… Pierce and King counties for snow… which is in effect from 7 PM this evening to 9 am PST Sunday.

* Some affected locations… Chehalis… Centralia… Olympia… Tacoma… Federal Way… Seattle and Bremerton.

* Accumulations… snowfall accumulations of a trace to 2 inches are expected from tonight through Sunday morning.

* Timing… areas of snow are expected to expand this evening. Snow will gradually mix with or change to rain at lower elevations from late evening on but might remain as snow on higher hills through Sunday 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 forecast for the next week:

Tonight: Snow. Low around 34. South southwest wind between 11 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday: Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 10am. Snow level 400 feet rising to 1000 feet. High near 42. South southwest wind between 14 and 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday Night: Rain showers before 4am, then rain and snow showers. Snow level 1100 feet. Low around 35. South southwest wind between 10 and 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday: Rain and snow showers, becoming all rain after 10am. Snow level 500 feet. High near 41. South southeast wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night: Rain showers likely before 10pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Snow level 500 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 34. South southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday: Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all rain after 10am. Snow level rising to 800 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday: Showers. Cloudy, with a high near 45.

Wednesday Night: Rain and snow showers likely. Snow level 700 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 36.

Thursday: Rain and snow showers likely. Snow level rising to 800 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Thursday Night: Rain and snow showers likely. Snow level 1000 feet lowering to 400 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Friday: Rain and snow showers likely. Snow level rising to 900 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 45.

Friday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 39.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46.

One easy way to see if the Weather Wonks are correct is to check out our 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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