WEATHER: Can you believe it snowed today? Will it snow over the weekend?


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Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

Can you believe it snowed (and perhaps is still snowing!) today – Friday, Nov. 3 – in the Burien area?

Seems a bit early to us old-timers, but according to the National Weather Service (NWS), the earliest was in 1971, when snow fell on Oct. 27.

The National Weather Service warns though that another cool system will arrive Saturday night:

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Seattle WA
1230 PM PDT Fri Nov 3 2017

…Another chilly weather system arrives Saturday night…

The next weather system will reach Western Washington Saturday night. A low pressure system will drop down out of the northwest and move over Southwest Washington. The snow level could be low enough for some areas in the lowlands to see snow.

Snow will fall in the Capitol Forest near Olympia. The hills around Shelton and up along Hood Canal could see heavy snowfall. The hills around the Seattle-Tacoma metro area might see a couple inches of wet snow. Low elevations near the water, like downtown Seattle, should see little or no accumulation.

The coldest air will remain up over Whatcom county–but northern areas will probably see the least amount of precipitation. The track of the weather system could change, so stay tuned to current forecasts.

Here’s the 7-day forecast:

  • This Afternoon: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. North wind around 17 mph.
  • Tonight: A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 43. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm.
  • Saturday Night: Rain and snow. Low around 35. Light and variable wind becoming north northeast 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • Sunday: Rain and snow showers likely before 11am, then a chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 43. North wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • Sunday Night: A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
  • Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
  • Tuesday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 40.
  • Wednesday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 53.
  • Wednesday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 42.
  • Thursday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 53.

If you’ve got any good snow pics to share, please email a high-res .jpeg to editor@b-townblog.com, and we’ll try to share the best ones:

Courtesy Kellie Bassen:

Also, one way to safely enjoy the very wet white stuff is to watch it come down on webcams:

I-5 at 178th

I-5 at 188th

I-5 at 200th

I-405 at SR181

Hwy 99 at West Marginal Way

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