The National Weather Service released a ‘Special Weather Statement ‘ early Friday morning (Jan. 13), warning of a cold front arriving Saturday morning, presenting a 40-50% chance of snow accumulation beginning Sunday morning and continuing through Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Precipitation should start out as rain on Saturday, then turn into show showers Sunday and Monday.
Snow levels are predicted to drop as low as 200 feet on Sunday, and up to half an inch of snow (or more) is expected.
The weather should remain cold enough for a few possible snow days next week, but stay tuned as oftentimes conditions change. We’ll update the blog as the white stuff arrives, so get your cameras ready so we can post your snow pics when and if it hits (as a reminder, the email to send photos to is [email protected] ).
Here’s Friday morning’s warning  in all its FULL CAPS glory:
…A COLD FRONT WILL BRING COLDER AIR BEHIND IT SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOR A CHANCE OF LOWLAND SNOW SHOWERS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY… …A SERIES OF ACTIVE STORM SYSTEMS NEXT WEEK WILL BRING PERIODS OF WINTER WEATHER TO WESTERN WASHINGTON…
A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON SATURDAY MORNING…DRAGGING THE COLD AIR MASS BEHIND IT ACROSS THE AREA SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…WHICH WILL LINGER INTO NEXT WEEK. THE AIR MASS IS EXPECTED TO BE COLD ENOUGH SO THAT SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER BELOW 500 FEET BEGINNING SATURDAY EVENING. SCATTERED RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP SATURDAY AFTERNOON…BECOMING MORE PREDOMINANTLY SNOW SHOWERS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. THESE HIT AND MISS SHOWERS WILL LIKELY PRODUCE SPOTTY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TWO INCHES OR LESS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. AREAS WITH MORE PERSISTENT SHOWER ACTIVITY LIKE THE PUGET SOUND CONVERGENCE ZONE COULD HAVE LOCAL HIGHER ACCUMULATIONS.
AT THIS TIME…PREDICTING EXACTLY WHERE AND HOW MUCH SNOW WILL FALL THIS WEEKEND IS DIFFICULT BUT ACCUMULATIONS ARE MOST LIKELY UNDER THE CONVERGENCE ZONE AND WITH HEAVIER SHOWERS.
NEXT WEEK…A SERIES OF STRONGER AND WETTER FRONTAL SYSTEMS WILL MOVE ACROSS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST…STARTING AROUND TUESDAY. THESE WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL BRING A THREAT OF A VARIETY OF WINTER WEATHER TO WESTERN WASHINGTON. THEY MAY SPREAD SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS RAISING THE POTENTIAL FOR AVALANCHES AND PERIODS OF DIFFICULT TRAVEL ACROSS THE PASSES. THE EXPECTED OVERALL AIR MASS OVER THE REGION THROUGH THIS PERIOD WILL BE COLD ENOUGH THAT THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE A THREAT FOR PERIODS OF SNOW OVER PARTS OF THE LOWLANDS ESPECIALLY EARLY TO MID WEEK. VARIATIONS IN THE INTENSITY AND TRACK OF THESE SYSTEMS WILL SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT THE PRECIPITATION TYPE AND AMOUNTS.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE POTENTIAL FOR WINTER WEATHER GOING INTO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK. STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE STATEMENTS AND FORECASTS FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.
And here’s the full forecast:
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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind.
Tonight: Rain after 4am. Low around 37. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday: Showers, mainly before 10am. High near 41. Southwest wind between 8 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind between 9 and 14 mph.
Sunday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 200 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 39. South southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Snow level 300 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
M.L.King Day: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 100 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Monday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 300 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 34.
Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 300 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 38.
Tuesday Night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 33.
Wednesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 40.
Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 34.
Thursday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 40.