Winter Storm Watch Issued for heavy snow expected at Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, and Snoqualmie Pass areas
December 28, 2017
WHAT: At 3:10 am Thurs. morning the National Weather Service Office in Seattle issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow expected and heavy snow Possible for the Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, and Snoqualmie Pass areas.
Plan on Slippery Road Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations of 6 to 11 Inches Expected Through this Evening. Snow Accumulation of 1 to 2 Feet Possible on Friday.
WHEN: For the general Winter Weather "Advisory," Until Midnight Thursday night. For the Winter Storm "Watch," from Late tonight Through Friday Evening.
A Winter Weather Advisory for Snow Means Periods of Snow Will Cause Primarily Travel Difficulties. Be Prepared for Snow Covered Roads and Limited Visibilities, and Use Caution While Driving. The Latest Road Conditions for the State you are Calling from Can be Obtained by Calling 5 1 1.
A Winter Storm Watch Means There is Potential for Significant Snow, Sleet or Ice Accumulations That May Impact Travel. Continue to Monitor the Latest Forecasts.
Additional Details: Be Prepared for Reduced Visibilities At Times. "Significant" Reductions in Visibility are Possible.
Late Wednesday night the weather service issued the following:
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM PST THURSDAY WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY...
The National Weather Service posted a Winter Storm Warning alert in effect until 1:00 pm Thursday for Western Whatcom County including Bellingham, Blaine, Point Roberts, Ferndale, Lynden, Sumas, and Sudden Valley.
WHAT: Snow and/or freezing occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Additional snow accumulations up to 2 inches and ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch are expected.
WHERE: Lowlands of western Whatcom County, including Point Roberts, Lummi Island, Bellingham, and Sumas.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: A hazardous mix of snow and freezing rain will result in hazardous road conditions late tonight through Thursday morning. Precipitation will become rain by the afternoon except near the Canadian border where freezing rain may linger into the early afternoon.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FROM 4 AM THURS. TO MIDNIGHT THURS. AND STORM WATCH IN EFFECT THURS. NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS...
Cascades of Whatcom and Skagit Counties....Cascades of Snohomish and King Counties....Cascades of Pierce and Lewis Counties.
Including Concrete, Hamilton, Lyman, Maple Falls, Deming, Mount Baker Ski Area, Newhalem, Darrington, Baring, Stevens Pass, Skykomish, Snoqualmie Pass, Morton, Ashford, Packwood, Randle, Paradise, Longmire, and Crystal Mountain Ski Area
WHAT: Light snow Wed. night will become heavy at times Thursday through Thursday evening. Snow accumulation of 6 to 11 inches by midnight Thursday night. A second system will bring heavier snowfall from late Thursday night to midnight Friday night. 1 to 2 foot accumulations are possible with the second system.
Heaviest amounts will occur at ski resorts and along the volcanoes.
WHERE: West slopes of the Cascades from Lewis county north to Whatcom county.
WHEN: For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 4 AM Thursday to midnight PST Thursday night. For the Winter Storm Watch, from late Thursday night through Friday evening.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Significant reductions in visibility are possible. Travel through the Cascade passes will be difficult. Pass delays or closures could occur, especially with heavier snowfall Friday.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.