WEATHER: Latest Forecast, School Closures & Other Snow-Related Notes


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The big snowstorm has finally hit, snow continues to fall, and in case you didn’t know – all schools are closed – so be sure to get out and enjoy this winter wonderland before it turns to rain, which is predicted to happen early Thursday morning.

The City of Burien reports that City Hall and the Community Center will open at 10 a.m. today.

All classes at the Community Center and Moshier Art Center are canceled for the day.

Normandy Park City Hall is closed today, and Allied Waste will not be operating as well.

Weather wonks are saying we’ll get between 4 to 8 inches of the white stuff today before the warm front takes over and ruins our snow party.

The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Warning at 6:33 a.m. this morning (Wed., Jan. 18), in effect until 8 p.m. tonight:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA 633 AM PST WED JAN 18 2012

A MAJOR WINTER STORM WILL MOVE INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON TODAY BRINGING WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOWFALL TO THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF WESTERN WASHINGTON.

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PST THIS EVENING…

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…SEATTLE…TACOMA…EVERETT… BREMERTON… SHELTON…OLYMPIA… ABERDEEN…MONTESANO…ELMA.

* TIMING…THOUGH THIS EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 20 INCHES IN THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR AND 8 TO 16 INCHES OF NEW SNOW IN THE LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY. 4 TO 8 INCHES IN THE SEATTLE AREA INCLUDING HOOD CANAL AND THE EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS AND OVER THE CENTRAL COAST.

* FREEZING RAIN…FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE OVER THE SOUTH SOUND THIS AFTERNOON. LOCAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE-TENTH OF AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE I-5 CORRIDOR BETWEEN OLYMPIA AND CHEHALIS.

* MAIN IMPACT…EXPECT EXTREME TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES TODAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE AREA…CARRY AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…WATER…AND BLANKETS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

Here’s the latest 7-day forecast:

Today: Snow. High near 32. Breezy, with a north northeast wind between 18 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow, possibly mixed with rain, mainly after 4am. Snow level 200 feet. Steady temperature around 31. North northeast wind between 9 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday: Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 10am. Snow level 0 feet rising to 700 feet. High near 36. North wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 34. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday: Rain. High near 46. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday Night: Rain. Low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday: Rain. High near 46. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Sunday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 43.

Sunday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 38.

Monday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 43.

Monday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Tuesday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47.

Also, if you happen to take any really cool snow pics, please email us and we’ll do our best to post them: editor@b-townblog.com.

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