For those planning your Thanksgiving travels and recreation, the distribution of snow is of some interest. Here are the snow depth maps for November 15, 20, and 25th. A major increase in the extent and depth of snow over our region during those ten days. Lots of snow in the north Cascades and a substantial extension of snow east of the Cascade crest.
The Methow Valley (Winthrop/Mazama) has enough snow for cross country skiing (see Sun Mountain Lodge Cam).
and a number of downhill ski areas have opened in BC and on the higher volcanic peaks here in the NW.
On a more sobering note, El Nino has further strengthened (see NOAA Climate Prediction Center info below), with the sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies from climatology further increasing.
We often get decent snow in November during El Nino years, but by New Years,the warming effects of El Nino become more profound. So get out there while you can!
Finally, the Fraser outflow winds really hit the San Juans and the west Sound areas hard yesterday, with gusts to 50-60 mph over North Kitsap, Lopez and Bainbridge Is. at exposed locations. Here is the max winds over the past 24 h. A huge contrast between locations east and west of the Sound. Light winds in the eastern Seattle suburbs, but strong winds on the Sound and towards the Olympics. And the area north of Bellingham was savaged by gusty winds.
Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend. No precipitation (guaranteed), sunny, with little clouds. High temps during the day in the mid-40s over the lowlands. A tonic against Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).