Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NOWCAST 4:45 PM: SHOWTIME

Folks...the big threat for central Puget Sound...the one suggested by the model's last night is coming up now.

So far things have gone pretty much on track.... we started with rainshadowing over Seattle and the southern Sound. The as the flow turned more southwesterly the rainshadow shifted northward and the southern Sound had increased snow showers. As the northerly wind picked up a convergence line developed over NW Washington the brought snow to the San Juans to Skagit County...and then the northern Olympic Peninsula (here is a shot from Port Townsend to illustrate.


But now things are shifting to the Puget Sound basin. The northerlies are starting to push southward into the southerlies over Puget Sound (see map):


The radar is showing the impact---moderate echos are now moving toward Everett and down the Sound. (see radar). If the line continues to push southward, the battleground between the two air masses could be fierce and significant snow the result. Temperatures are relatively mild from a day's worth of heating, but melting of precipitation and the ingestion of cool, dry air from the north should help it turn to snow. I think Seattle commuters will be fine....the roads are warm and salted (sound likes a good meal!)...but tonight could get very interesting very fast if this boundary locks over someone. Watch the radar now...if will be very entertaining!

Here is the link to the NWS site:

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ATX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes


5:20 PM---the line has just hit the UW....ice pellets are starting to hit my windows....

38 comments:

Josh said...

So where can we get updated UW model run maps ourselves?

Anna McC said...

My six year old daughter (who thinks you are in charge of these things) requests that you kindly hurry the snow up. She needs some snow before bedtime, please.

CatPat said...

Cliff, will you be NowCasting after dark? Shall we keep tuning in?

brizone said...

"Showtime" Showtime indeed! Love the way you transmit this stuff to us Cliff, we're in such dire need of good science communicators in this troubled era.

You make it clear, and lots of fun. Please never stop!

@brian

Rod in Seattle said...

Snowing on First Hill

Toni said...

5:45 heavy snow coming down in Lake Forest Park.

Gary said...

Dateline, Olympia; 5:45PM
Temp: 32.5F
Winds: Calm
Skies: Mostly clear, but with some significant multiple-layered clouds to the west.
Snow: Only a trace of all that fell in impressive bursts today. It melted because it was at least 2 deg above freezing, and the sun came out after every squall.

Charlie Phillips said...

i don't know about nowcast, but you can find the 12z (initiated at 4 A.M. our time) models runs at http://www.atmos.washington.edu/mm5rt/ and click the mm5-nam or wrf-gfs links.

I am also currently blogging right now at http://charliesweatherforecasts.blogspot.com/. I can't offer the expertise that Cliff (hopefully I'll be calling him Professor Mass in a few years :) ) offers but I can have a fairly good discussion and at least supplement what he is discussing here.

Cliff, if you don't want me to advertise my blog here, feel free to delete my comment or the link or whatever you want to do. Just trying to provide some additional weather info to our aficionados around here. :)

Alysse said...

about 1/2" of accumulation in Crown Hill at 5:30. Mix of corn snow to start, then larger flakes, now tiny flakes. Temperature dropped 8F from about 4 to 5:30

Chris C said...

Why oh why does ANYONE listen to the big 3 broadcasting companies?
During work today all they did was seem to incite hysteria. Buy chains!, buy batteries!, buy candles!, BUY BUY BUY!

Flurries in Mukilteo today, roads are easily passable as of 6pm.

Thank Dog for Cliff and his straight-forward and accurate info.

DebB said...

It's a winter wonderland here in Port Townsend, I'm guessing 4-6 inches uptown. Fun!

Kate said...

Its snowing on capital hill in Seattle! Not really sticking yet though... 6:25PM

mle_ii said...

Yep, now snowing here in downtown Redmond now. Went in to grocery shop and it was a tiny bit coming down. Came out and there was definitely coverage, though not even an inch yet.

Scherer Family said...

I walked into the Woodinville costco to stock up on things at 5:15p with light snow falling and nothing sticking. We finished up and exited the store by 5:45p (it was the slowest I've ever seen a costco!) and there was over an inch of snow and still coming down heavily.

Wow, talk about instant storm!

It took some clever route finding to get around all of the stuck 2wd cars on the Woodinville-Duvall road to get home, good luck to the commuters out there.

AndrewM said...

N Kitsap has stayed snow-shadowed all day. Only a few flurries around sunset.

Kevin Purcell said...

This nowcasting could take off: even the NWS is doing it :)

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ508&warncounty=WAC033&firewxzone=WAZ654&local_place1=Downtown+Seattle+WA&product1=Short+Term+Forecast

EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-
432 PM PST WED FEB 23 2011

.NOW...
HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LEADING EDGE OF ARCTIC AIR WILL DROP SOUTH THROUGH NORTHERN KING AND WESTERN SNOHOMISH COUNTIES DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE. THESE SHOWERS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LOCALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN A SHORT TIME...AS HAS BEEN REPORTED BY WEATHER SPOTTERS IN PORT TOWNSEND AND AROUND WHIDBEY ISLAND.

denise joines said...

You are so awesome, Cliff. Thank you!

We have about an inch at Carkeek Park now (6:50pm). Lovely. light and fluffy.

TVN said...

Checked out our blog, Charlie. Very impressive for a high school senior. You have obviously educated yourself a great deal about weather. I imagine Cliff would be happy to have you as a student someday.

Well, we finally got some action in Redmond but no much more than inch of graupel/snow mix.

Chris and Amy's story said...

Snowmaggedon in Skagit County. Haven't seen this much on the ground since December 2008. Time for sledding!

Andy Ressa said...

We just broke 12" of snow in this second wave up here in Mount Vernon. This was measured on our deck that was cleared off from the 8" this morning. So, we've had 20" of snow in the last 14 hours, but we lost about 4-6" to melt in the late afternoon. There's a good 14" in our grass right now...

Fleetwood said...

I like this site for radar. The NWS site is hard to read.

http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?num=6&delay=15&scale=1.00&noclutter=0&ID=ATX&type=N0R&lat=0&lon=0&label=you&showstorms=0&showlabels=1&rainsnow=0&MR=1

Seeingred said...

Not showtime here in Kirkland at this point. Wet slushy, 1/2" tops. LWSD should be cancelling tomorrow's classes any time now.

heysambae said...

a light dusting in capitol hill. nothing serious yet.

Sarah said...

When it started snowing here in Shoreline this afternoon, I called my husband at work to give him an update on the weather. While I was in the middle of talking about ice pellets my 5 year old came up to me and asked "Who are you talking to Mama? Is it Cliff Mass?" :)

Pen said...

ESE of North Bend 700' - Just a dusting. Stopped snowing again. Probably got about 8" total, 1" today with the off and on snow. My kids have been waiting all day for the supposed 6"-12" we were supposed to get just today and tonight. I guess the night's not over......

Just want to say thanks Cliff. We love coming on here no matter what happens!

Julie said...

Cliff, you need to relocate to Darrington. We've received over 40 inches of snowfall in the past two days, with 28 inches of accumulation - and it's still dumping. Yee ha!

Waa Hoo said...

nothing in fremont so far :(

Harrison said...

This was a bust. Further north. Ball game over. Winter Weather Advisory now replaces Winter Storm Warning. Bedtime.

Alex said...

Getting home tonight was a nightmare, especially because of worrying more about other stupid drivers. Yeah someone slammed me in the back.

Mr. Fisher said...

Since the first go around with will we or won't we get snow you have been spot on. Thank you for all you have been blogging and making it easily obtainable for the masses. Every chance I get I keep telling people about the blog and to read it if they want the real news.

I'm a high school coach that is outside a lot and having real knowledge of what to expect is immeasurable. Thank you again Cliff.

Siena said...

Snowing steadily in Issaquah.

EscapingtheMild said...

This one hurt! Yeah, I'll never learn my lesson. I get sucked in everytime. Could have been so beautiful...50 degrees please!

DWulkan said...

Just flurries and 31 degrees here in West Seattle/Alki. No stickage.

Gary said...

Dateline, Olympia; 8:30PM
Temp: 32.4F (ONE lousy degree lower than my last report 3 hours ago!)
Winds: Calm
Precip: Light, lightweight frothy white stuff: Put it in your mouth and it's sublime . . .er, no ... it sublimes.

Kurt said...

Finally get some real snowflakes here in the Mt. Baker foothills. Amazing how little snow we've received compared to our neighbors in Skagit County.

Mike said...

3/4 of an inch and large flakes sticking on the roadway in Normandy Park West of SeaTac .5 miles from the Sound.

Mike

LSC-L said...

Southeast Bellevue (just SW of Factoria) up to 2" now and still coming down. LOVE it! The street in front of our house is somewhat slushy, but with tracks where cars have gone by...

Pen said...

Wow! Just checked NWS and now they are calling for 7-11" here ESE of North Bend! Tomorrow morning real WILL be interesting!