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A White Christmas For The Pacific Northwest!

A White Christmas For The Pacific Northwest!

WE DID IT! In an event that far exceeded my expectations, Western Washington and even parts of Western Oregon saw their first White Christmas since 2008. Our storm made landfall further south than modeled, leading to colder conditions throughout the area and snow instead of rain for many locales. As expected, snow accumulations varied dramatically with elevation – my house near sea level has snow-free roads, but snow was sticking to the roads above 300 feet and I even saw…

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Massive Snowstorm in Southern OR/Northern CA, Seattle Weekend Snow Chances Slim

Massive Snowstorm in Southern OR/Northern CA, Seattle Weekend Snow Chances Slim

While we’ve been cool and dry here in Western Washington over the past few days, areas of Southern Oregon and Northern California have been getting absolutely pummeled with snow! With modified arctic air already in place, a system that was still strengthening as it made landfall stormed ashore the Oregon/California border last night and dropped over a foot of snow over much of Southern OR/Northern CA, both east and west of the Cascade crest. The water vapor satellite image below…

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Thursday Snow Review

Thursday Snow Review

We did it! After suffering through a completely snowless 2015 and a very wimpy 2014, we finally got a widespread lowland snow event for Western Washington and Northwest Oregon. And it’s not over yet… snow is still falling in the foothills and further north in Skagit and Whatcom counties where temperatures are cooler. Let’s first start off with some awesome snow pictures from various viewers around the region. Washington Oregon: And here are snow totals from viewers. You can find…

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Thursday Morning Update

Thursday Morning Update

Good morning everybody! Snow just started falling in Portland a few minutes ago (around 9:37 for my neighborhood). The flakes are very dry and light and are getting blown this way and that by strong easterly gusts through the Columbia River Gorge. Speaking of gusts, let’s take a look at what Crown Point is doing this morning. We’ve had multiple gusts over 70 mph, with a peak gust off 78 mph at 5:36 this morning. Things are picking up here…

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Thursday Looking A Little Snowy For Some, Downright Nasty for Others

Thursday Looking A Little Snowy For Some, Downright Nasty for Others

It now appears as though Portland will experience a significant winter storm tomorrow, with gusty winds, a few inches of snow, and a changeover to sleet and freezing rain in the evening. Over Seattle, I believe we could see a trace to two inches of snow Thursday night before precipitation changes to rain early Friday morning, but the situation is looking less snowy than feared earlier. We’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get right to it. There are…

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Snow Update

Snow Update

Thursday, January 19, 5:20 P.M. Hi everybody, this is just a quick update… the snow has stuck around longer than forecast, and freezing rain has mainly impacted areas south of Seattle, sparing the Seattle area itself. The snow has been going on all day here, and I’d say UW got about 2 inches out of this storm, maybe a little more. I’m actually expecting another inch or two before we are done, as the precipitation, after briefly dipping south, is…

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Ice Storm Warning

Ice Storm Warning

Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:06 A.M. As if snow wasn’t bad enough… After the major snowstorm yesterday, another storm was forecast, but precipitation was only supposed to make it to Olympia. The models turned out being wrong with this storm, and precipitation is located all the way to the eastern entrance to the Strait of Juan De Fuca. 11:22am PST, Thu 19 Jan 2012 The upper atmosphere has warmed up significantly since yesterday morning, particularly south of Seattle, yet the…

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