WEATHER: Despite Scaled Back Predictions, Still A Chance Of 5-9″ Snow
Although the predicted upcoming snowstorm is a tough one to precisely pin down, weather experts are still calling for five to nine inches of snow to fall in the area starting Tuesday night (Jan. 17) and continuing all day Wednesday before turning into rain on Thursday.
Noted UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass says we need to “scale back” the prediction on his blog, from a frightening “up to 14 inches” down to “2-5 inches”:
Folks this is a very difficult forecast. Everything depends on getting the track of the low exactly right…first to decide where the rain/snow changeover will be and secondly to get the amount of precipitation right.
The most recent warning, updated at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, says:
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT PST WEDNESDAY NIGHT…
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…SEATTLE…TACOMA…BREMERTON… SHELTON.
* TIMING…TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES IS POSSIBLE TODAY IN SHOWERS. SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING WITH ANOTHER 5 TO 10 INCHES OF NEW SNOW POSSIBLE BY WEDNESDAY EVENING.
* MAIN IMPACT…EXPECT EXTREME TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES TO DEVELOP ON WEDNESDAY.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE AREA…CARRY AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…WATER…AND BLANKETS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.
And the most recent forecast, issued at 10:39 a.m., says:
This Afternoon: Showers. High near 35. West southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Tonight: Rain before 10pm, then snow. Low around 29. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Wednesday: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. North northeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Wednesday Night: Snow before 4am, then rain and snow. Low around 32. North northeast wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday: Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 10am. Snow level 100 feet rising to 1600 feet. High near 38. North wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday Night: Rain. Low around 33. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Friday: Rain. High near 44. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Friday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 40.
Saturday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44.
Saturday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 35.
Sunday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 42.
Sunday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 38.
Monday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 45.