Cold weather for at least the next two weeks!!! As I stated last night we will be skidding along near freezing with the threat of “Low Snow Levels” for the long haul. Meaning that if you live above 1000 feet you can expect snow for a long time. If you live at Sea level and up to 1000 feet expect rain or snow mix or snow at times during this long “La Nina” Winter. Now to the current forecast. Tonight dry and icy with lows below freezing. Thursday starts dry but we DO get snow. Olympia, snow sticks by 4pm. Seattle, snow sticks by 6pm. Bellingham, snow sticks by 8pm. Rain quickly moves in behind it so most of I-5 only gets an inch of snow. If you live away from Puget sound you will get 3 or more inches. If you live near the Hood canal plan on 6 or more inches. If you live up high near the mountains you can expect 12 or more inches. Treat this storm as a very “slick driving” situation through Friday morning. It will be WINDY on the foothills too with gusts around 40mph at times through Thursday. This weekend will have low snow levels around 800 feet all weekend. The passes will be a mess so expect closures. Remember if you live high up or away from Puget Sound you will see the most. Next week gets EVEN COLDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Q13 Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley