Saturday, March 14, 2009

Approach low and winds

Today was the kind of typical Seattle weather that has been nearly absent this year, wet, showery, and windy. Makes you feel normal again. A front is moving through now and the rain should back off soon. But the real fun is later tomorrow afternoon.
A developing low center will approach tomorrow afternoon and move north of us around dinner time (see attached). As a result, rain will come back in late tomorrow morning and the winds should pick up during the afternoon...peaking between 6 and 10 PM. Some locations could see gusts to 50 mph, such as over the Sound and waters of NW Washington. As the low moves past strong westerly winds could develop in the Strait (see graphic).
And did I mention the snow? Yes, the mountains will get loads of it...but tomorrow morning, a low freezing level and southeasterly winds could leave the western Kitsap in several inches of snow (graphic).

26 comments:

Diane said...

Thanks for the forecast, Cliff!

Joseph Ratliff said...

Good ole' fashioned PNW windstorm.

But Cliff, does this storm's prediction in any way get affected because of the lack of coastal radar?

Diane said...

Olympia 6:25 am: big snowflakes!

MyFavoriteThings said...

snowy/ rain mix in Admiral District, West Seattle.

JayDee said...

On the hill above Alki, wet snow at 7:10 AM. Great, we need more lowland snow. 33 degrees.

DeAnne said...

Snowing and big flakes, about 1 inch on deck and lawn - streets wet. Lakewood, WA

Pete said...

And it's snowing here in Woodinville as well.

Debbie said...

Snowing on Bainbridge Is. Great talk at the Bloedel yesterday.

serial catowner said...

One inch and counting on the Tahuya River. This is so romantic...

mainstreeter said...

it's dumping snow in olympia, must be 2 inches here, this wasn't in the forecast.

tri said...

Snowing hard here in West Seattle by Lincoln Park...

Jen said...

Heavy

Jen said...

Heavy snow on the West side of Capitol Hill at 7:52 am.

Casual Observer said...

Light snow in Bothell.

John said...

Town of Vashon, 7:55am: pavement is completely covered, grass is fast disappearing, snowing hard, very large, wet flakes

izic peeperten said...

in west seattle admril district right now. about 1/2 inch of snow on the ground! its dumping more and more of it all the time!

tri said...

Snow"balls" are about 2" across now (Lincoln Park, West Seattle).

Cliff, how do we get those huge snowflake masses forming?

evilzenscientist said...

Snowing now in downtown Issaquah - big fat flakes, starting to settle.

Julia said...

Snowing in Shoreline - coming down fast but not really accumulating.

Mike said...

Snowing in Ballard but it is only sticking to the cars no ground accumulation.

Gillian Vik said...

Southeast Seattle: giant snowflakes coming down fast. Two inches across. No accumulation.

Brian said...

Snowing on Union Hill in Redmond (600'). Huge flakes, probably about and inch on everything.

Definitely took me by surprise. I was thinking the Hood Canal would be the only ones to see snow. Man, winter just never wants to go away! :)

Chris said...

Snowing HUGE flakes 3 blocks south of the Woodland Park Zoo near Phinney/Fremont. No real accumulation -- yet. And to think I was gardening (and sweating) on Friday! I LOVE snow! Donna

RainCityBob said...

Snow just south of Pine Lake on the Sammamish Plateau (about 400 feet elevation, 30F). The snow is sticking to soil, melting on contact with cement or asphalt--so far. I can see that the big flakes are melting slower than the earlier flakes, and that soon my patio slab will have no heat in reserve to melt the onslaught.

upsetter5001 said...

Big, wet snow here at Greenlake, 0835.

I have NEVER seen such large snowflakes - 2+-inch clumps, rectangular-oval in shape.
I'll be checking back here later to see if Cliff has anything to say about this odd snow. Bizarre!

Mrs Upsetter (Janet_RN)

Julia said...

Shoreline update - changed to big-fat-juicy flakes and is starting to accumulate on the deck. I do find the different types of snow and the conditions that create them.