Announcement: The Northwest Weather Workshop will be on Feb 28th/March 1st in Seattle.
The NW Weather Workshop is the big annual gathering of those interested in the weather of the Pacific Northwest and everyone is welcome. For more information, including the agenda and registration information, please check out: https://www.atmos.washington.edu/pnww/
Bellingham and parts of northwest Washington are getting hammered with large amounts of snow today, with totals of 6-12 inches being typical. Here is a picture I just received from RG Stout near the Bellingham Airport, where there is already about 8 inches already on the ground.
Or check out some of the WSDOT cams from the Peace Arch at the Canadian border down to Bellingham. Enough to make you want to buy a pair of chains.
The snow has pushed south to Mt. Vernon and southwest to the San Juan Islands, where a foot of snow has fallen on Mt. Constitution and Eastsound has several inches (see pictures from the Landmark Hotel in Eastsound)
We knew this was coming....as I have shown you for a several days, the high-resolution models were emphatic about the snow potential over NW Washington. The reason? A battle between cool, dry northeasterly flow coming out of the Fraser River Gap and warmer, moisture southerly/southwesterly winds pushing from the south as a warm front approaches.
Here are the local surface observations around 4 PM. Temperature is shown in red, dew point by the blue numbers on the lower left of the circles. S means snow. You can see the northeasterly winds pushing out of the Fraser and extending southwestward to the Olympic Peninsula.
0519 PM HEAVY SNOW 5 SSE DEMING 48.76N 122.18W 02/23/2014 M10.0 INCH WHATCOM WA TRAINED SPOTTER SNOWFALL IN PAST 11 HOURS. STILL SNOWING HEAVILY. ELEVATION 283 FEET.
0330 PM HEAVY SNOW 2 SSW BELLINGHAM 48.72N 122.48W 02/23/2014 M6.0 INCH WHATCOM WA TRAINED SPOTTER TOTAL SNOWFALL AS OF 330 PM. TEMP 32 DEGREES. ELEVATION 130 FEET.
0404 PM HEAVY SNOW BELLINGHAM 48.74N 122.47W 02/23/2014 M7.0 INCH WHATCOM WA PUBLIC ELEVATION 700 FEET. NEAR WHATCOM FALLS PARK. STILL SNOWING.
0401 PM HEAVY SNOW WNW BELLINGHAM 48.75N 122.47W 02/23/2014 M8.0 INCH WHATCOM WA TRAINED SPOTTER TOTAL SNOWFALL SO FAR. 3 INCHES FELL IN PAST 3 HOURS. STILL SNOWING HEAVILY. ELEVATION 30 FEET.
0337 PM HEAVY SNOW 1 N FERNDALE 48.87N 122.59W 02/23/2014 E8.0 INCH WHATCOM WA PUBLIC ESTIMATED SNOWFALL MEASUREMENT SINCE 745 AM SATURDAY. SOME BLOWING OF THE SNOW. 0343 PM HEAVY SNOW W EASTSOUND 48.70N 122.91W 02/23/2014 M6.5 INCH SAN JUAN WA TRAINED SPOTTER TOTAL SNOW SINCE YESTERDAY. MEASURED 3.5 AT 730 AM THIS MORNING. ELEVATION ABOUT 150 FEET. TEMP 33 DEGREES. STILL SNOWING.
You get the message...
The cold air has been pushing south...but things will change tonight/tomorrow am as the air warms, precipitation fades, and downslope flow (easterlies) develop over Cascades. No school in Bellingham tomorrow, but south of Mt. Vernon, life will be normal. Sorry kids.