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Snow?! When?! Early forecast models indicate best chance yet for lowland snow

A pedestrian crosses a closed snow-covered road January 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle and Western Washington State have been hit with a snow storm that has dropped several inches of snow.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

A pedestrian crosses a closed snow-covered road January 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle and Western Washington State have been hit with a snow storm that has dropped several inches of snow. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Snow?!?!  When??!!

It isn’t a certainty, we have almost 5 days to gather the wool socks, salt, and ice scrapers. Might as well do it now, the long-range forecast has hinted we have a slightly better chance of lowland snow this year.  Here is your next 7 days of weather as of Wednesday morning:

Today: High temps in the 40s to near 50°. Rain showers briefly break mid morning then increase again through early afternoon. Some showers will be heavy with brief downpours, possibly small hail.  Drier weather develops tonight with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, mostly dry, isolated showers mainly near the coast. Highs mid to upper 40s, Lows upper 30s to mid 40s.

Friday: Rain early, changing to afternoon scattered showers which taper off in the evening. Highs near 50°, Lows upper 30s to low 40s.

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Saturday: Cooling down through the day, Locally breezy,  Rain will increase late day. Highs will be hit early in the day near 49°, Lows overnight will fall into the 30s.

Sunday: Early morning rain will exit as a colder, drier, wind begins near the Canadian border, travels to the South Sound, bringing colder temperatures.  This may be a very windy day for Bellingham if the weather pattern continues in the forecast. Highs will be in the 30s to low 40s.

Monday: If the cold air arrives as advertised, there is a weather system with a little moisture swinging past western Washington. Potential morning lows in the 20s to low 30s will allow areas of light snow to develop in parts of western Washington.  The towns and cities included in snow showers have changed 3 times in the last 3 days, so there isn’t any commitment in the math, that’s why forecasters don’t want to commit to where the snow will fall at what time.  This level of commitment will become more meaningful by Friday and Saturday.  Monday high temperatures will be in the upper 30s to near 40°