WEATHER: National Weather Service warning of light snow starting Monday


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The National Weather Service issued a ‘Special Weather Statement‘ warning of light snow spreading inland from the coast on Monday, with accumulations less than an inch, then changing to rain as temps warm up Monday night.

But don’t get too excited kids – it will most likely not result in any snow days this week.

And grownups, be sure to use extra caution when driving

Here’s the full statement:

…LIGHT SNOW AND FREEZING DRIZZLE EXPECTED IN PARTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON FROM MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING…

LIGHT SNOW WILL SPREAD INLAND FROM THE COAST ON MONDAY…AS WEAK ONSHORE FLOW STARTS PUSHING WARMER AND MOISTER PACIFIC AIR INTO THE COLD AIR MASS THAT CURRENTLY SITS OVER WESTERN WASHINGTON.

ALONG THE COAST…THE LIGHT SNOW WILL QUICKLY TRANSITION TO DRIZZLE OR LIGHT RAIN AT THE BEACHES ON MONDAY AFTERNOON. INLAND FROM THE BEACHES…PLACES LIKE ABERDEEN AND MONTESANO WILL REMAIN AT OR BELOW FREEZING… CAUSING A GRADUAL MIXING WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE. MEANWHILE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING… LIGHT SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS MUCH OF THE REMAINDER OF WESTERN WASHINGTON. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL REMAIN LIGHT…WITH ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY REMAINING UNDER ONE INCH.

OVERNIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY MORNING…SNOW WILL TRANSITION TO LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE OVER THE PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS AND IN THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR OF WASHINGTON. FREEZING PRECIPITATION WILL ALSO BE LIGHT…BUT IT MAY BE ENOUGH FOR SLIPPERY AND HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ON TUESDAY MORNING ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS.

TEMPERATURES WILL RISE ABOVE FREEZING ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON OVER ALL OF THE LOWLANDS…REACHING THE MID TO UPPER 30S ALONG THE I-5 CORRIDOR. THEREFORE…FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL TURN OVER TO ALL LIQUID…AND THE THREAT OF FREEZING AND FROZEN PRECIPITATION WILL END OVER THE LOWLANDS.

A RETURN TO MORE NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S IS EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY… WITH AN ORDINARILY RAINY AND BREEZY PACIFIC FRONT EXPECTED ON THURSDAY.

And here’s the 7-day forecast:

  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Calm wind.
  • Monday: A 30 percent chance of snow after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Monday Night: A chance of snow before 10pm, then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Tuesday: A chance of freezing drizzle before 10am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 37. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm wind.
  • Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.
  • Wednesday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.
  • Thursday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.
  • Thursday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 41.
  • Friday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46.
  • Friday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 42.
  • Saturday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 47.
  • Saturday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 41.
  • Sunday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46.
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