WEATHER GEEK: Will we see a White Christmas?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Back for the holidays is Chris Scragg, our former Puget Sound Weather Geek, who is now a student at Arizona State University:

By Chris Scragg

Hey, Folks! Puget Sound Weather Geek here with a quick holiday forecast! The big question is, will we see a white Christmas?.

It’s been quite a ride following the supercomputer weather models this past week.

The very reliable European model showed a high possibility of snow. Meanwhile, the NOAA short term models were warmer and showed a very late transition from rain to snow.

The details have been blurry, but there is a good chance that Burien will see about an inch of snow tonight into Christmas morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in the Puget Sound region. They are forecasting “snow accumulations of up to 3 inches with higher amounts in locations around 500 feet with less than an inch near the water from 7 p.m. to Noon Monday.”

Rain will transition to snow at some point tonight, but how much snow will be on the ground by gift opening time is less certain.

No matter the weather, I hope everyone enjoys a lovely Christmas and holiday season!

UPDATE Dec. 24, 4 p.m.: It’s snowing now, and here’s the National Weather Service’s updated Winter Weather Advisory:


* WHAT…Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches are expected.

* WHERE…Everett and vicinity, including Stanwood, Marysville, and Mountlake Terrace. Tacoma and vicinity, including Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Anderson Island, DuPont, Puyallup, and Spanaway. Bellevue and vicinity, including Mill Creek, Kenmore, Kirkland, and Issaquah. Seattle and vicinity, including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Mercer Island, White Center, Kent, and Algona.

* WHEN…Until 10 AM PST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Here’s a photo of a snowy Burien Town Square Park courtesy Alida Perkins:

And one from the Normandy Park Cove from Stuart Steadman:

Also, watch the white stuff fall via our collection of webcams below (refresh the page to see the latest images):

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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