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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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Could We Have A White Christmas?

Could We Have A White Christmas?

I’ve been taking a well-needed vacation from weather blogging and have been spending some wonderful time with family and friends up in Seattle for the holidays. But with rumors of a White Christmas reverberating from Westlake Center to Sea-Tac Airport, I thought I’d weigh in on the potential for some lowland snow on the 24th and the 25th. A note about lowland snow in Western Washington Even though the average low temperature for this time of the year is only…

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Warmer Weather Returns

Warmer Weather Returns

It was a fringe event once again, but many places around Puget Sound saw a second lowland snow event yesterday morning and afternoon! It wasn’t as widespread as predicted due to the center of low pressure making landfall near Grays Harbor instead of the mouth of the Columbia, resulting in warmer easterly winds during the heavy rain overnight instead of colder northerlies. Nevertheless, as cooler air filled in behind the storm, rain turned to snow in many areas, particularly those…

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A Review of Thursday’s Snowstorm and a Forecast for Tonight

A Review of Thursday’s Snowstorm and a Forecast for Tonight

First off, I apologize for getting this out so late – I’ve been extraordinarily busy between the WeatherTogether/WeatherQuack merger and work. Trust me, I wanted nothing more than to give y’all a forecast for the November 3rd snow. But I’ll give you the next best thing – a review, and then a look forward to (well, actually, a look at, since it’s now occurring) the system tonight that will give us another shot at snow. But first – a note…

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An Overview Of Seattle’s Crazy Snowstorm!

An Overview Of Seattle’s Crazy Snowstorm!

Before I explain Seattle’s crazy weather on Monday, I must apologize for not keeping you updated on the situation throughout the day and night! Since I’ve moved down to Portland, I’ve definitely been more out-of-touch with Seattle weather. Still, that’s no excuse for at least writing a post-storm blog about the insane and unexpected thundersnow that Seattle saw! On Monday, two convergence zones formed over the Central Puget Sound area, one in the early morning and one in the afternoon….

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Snow in Seattle Metro This Morning

Snow in Seattle Metro This Morning

Folks in the Seattle metro were treated to some snow this morning as a convergence zone formed over the area! This zone was hinted at by last night’s high-resolution UW WRF-GFS, but the timing was off – the WRF-GFS had the zone occurring slightly later and further to the NE than the zone actually was. The radar earlier this morning shows the zone right over Seattle.   With temperatures very close to freezing, the snow was heavy and wet, with…

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Chance Of Snow On Foothills Tonight

Chance Of Snow On Foothills Tonight

My personal “line in the sand” past which lowland snow events become more and more unlikely is Valentine’s Day. After Valentine’s Day, longer days and higher sun angles make cold temperatures at the surface much harder to come by, even if temperatures in the upper atmosphere are just as cold as they were in January. But on rare occasions, if the air is cold enough and there is some moisture around, we can still see lowland snow after the 14th…

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Snow Much Less Likely For Portland, More Likely For Seattle

Snow Much Less Likely For Portland, More Likely For Seattle

Tonight’s model runs are in, and every model has shifted the plume of moisture I was talking about in last night’s blog slightly further north. Now, it appears as though Portland will be too warm for snow, while Seattle will see several inches of extremely wet, gloppy snow that may have trouble sticking at the lowest elevations. Let’s start by looking at current conditions around the Pacific Northwest. As you can see, temperatures are still quite mild around the Portland…

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Potential for Significant Snow Sunday/Monday, But Very Tough Forecast

Potential for Significant Snow Sunday/Monday, But Very Tough Forecast

We all remember the “Ides of October” windstorm on October 15, 2016. The one that sprung out of Supertyphoon Songda and was feared to be a historic Pacific Northwest windstorm that would long be remembered. Models were originally showing a major windstorm that would pack 100+ mph gusts to the coast and 80 mph winds to the interior, but as the days progressed and the event came closer, it became clear that the storm would be very compact, with small…

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Gusty East Winds and a Light Wintry Mix On Tap for Portland

Gusty East Winds and a Light Wintry Mix On Tap for Portland

I’ve been watching the potential for snow, sleet, and freezing rain in the Portland area Thursday night into Friday as a weak warm front runs into a cold air mass over the area. The front has trended weaker and weaker with recent model runs, so while some snow and freezing rain still appears possible, amounts are looking quite light. Even a little bit of snow and freezing rain can make for very slick roads, so exercise caution if you plan…

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