Chance of Snow Monday night, but don’t count on a ‘Snow Day’ Tuesday


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The National Weather Service issued a “Special Weather Statement” Sunday warning of a chance of snow Monday night, March 5.

But don’t worry kids – it won’t likely cause a Snow Day on Tuesday, but one never knows for sure ’round these parts.

However, if you’re planning on driving north or east of Seattle you might want to make sure things are okay.

Here’s the statement in its ALL CAPS entirety:

…A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY WITH LOW SNOW LEVELS AND LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS NEAR SEA-LEVEL POSSIBLE…

A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON MONDAY MORNING. THE MAJORITY OF PRECIPITATION WITH THE FRONT WILL LIKELY FALL AS RAIN ACROSS THE LOWLANDS…BUT THERE IS A CHANCE THAT A CHANGE OVER TO WET SNOW COULD OCCUR DURING THE MORNING HOURS. SOME COMPUTER MODELS SUGGEST A SLUSHY 1-3 INCHES OF SNOW COULD ACCUMULATE QUICKLY…MAINLY EAST OF DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND FROM NORTH SEATTLE ALONG THE I-5 CORRIDOR TO BELLINGHAM. AREAS ALONG THE NORTH COAST…EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA…AND OVER THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS COULD ALSO SEE SIMILAR ACCUMULATIONS. DETAILS ARE STILL HIGHLY UNCERTAIN AS AMOUNTS AND DISTRIBUTION OF ANY SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL LIKELY VARY.

COLDER AIR WILL POUR INTO THE AREA MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT THE PUGET SOUND CONVERGENCE ZONE WILL BECOME ACTIVE AFFECTING SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTY FROM LATE MONDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. ANOTHER CONVERGENCE ZONE COULD ALSO FORM FURTHER NORTH AFFECTING SKAGIT COUNTY AND THE ADMIRALTY INLET AREA. WET SNOW COULD FALL WITHIN ANY CONVERGENCE BANDS WITH SOME POSSIBLE LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS UP TO A COUPLE INCHES ABOVE 500 FEET DURING THE DAYTIME. HOWEVER…TEMPERATURES WILL DROP FURTHER INTO THE 30S BY MONDAY EVENING SO IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A COUPLE INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION COULD OCCUR DOWN TO SEA-LEVEL.

RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS WILL END LATER MONDAY NIGHT WITH CLEARING EXPECTED. THIS WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO DROP INTO THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S. ANY WET PAVEMENT WILL LIKELY FREEZE OVERNIGHT POSSIBLY PRODUCING ICY SPOTS ON ROADWAYS FOR THE TUESDAY MORNING COMMUTE.

And here’s the 7-day forecast:

Tonight: Rain, mainly after 4am. Low around 39. Southwest wind between 7 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday: Rain showers before 4pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Snow level 1300 feet lowering to 500 feet. High near 46. Southwest wind 9 to 17 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday Night: Rain and snow showers likely before 10pm, then a chance of snow showers between 10pm and 4am. Snow level 100 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west southwest. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. North northwest wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. North wind at 7 mph becoming east southeast.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 53.

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 42.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Friday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Saturday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

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