WEATHER: Are you ready for more white stuff? ‘Major snow event’ will start Friday


The National Weather Service is warning of a second – ‘significant‘ – round of snow, starting this Friday, Feb. 8.

While it may be a bit early to predict totals with certainty, UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass said this:

“There is going to be a major snow event over much of the Pacific Northwest starting late Friday and continuing into the weekend.

“A much larger snow event than occurred on Sunday night/Monday morning of this week. And one in which snow will be falling on a surface that is now cooled substantially.

“I have studied Northwest snowstorms for years and even co-authored a paper on the subject. What is forecast to occur late Friday and this weekend is absolutely classic.”

Mass also mentions another round of the white stuff possibly arriving Monday/Tuesday of next week that could DOUBLE the amount of snowfall in some locations:

“There is a second snow event on Monday/early Tuesday that doubles the snowfall in some locations. The accumulated snow through the weekend ending 4 AM Tuesday is shown below. We are talking over a foot of snow in central Puget Sound. Two feet in some of the foothills locations. Unbelievable.”

Detailed Forecast:

  • Today (Wednesday): Sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 18 and 28. Light and variable wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Wind chill values between 11 and 16. East southeast wind around 9 mph.
  • Thursday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 16 and 26. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the morning.
  • Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. East northeast wind around 9 mph becoming southeast in the evening. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Friday: Snow likely before 4pm, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • Friday Night: Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Saturday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 37. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 23.
  • Sunday: A slight chance of snow before 10am, then a slight chance of snow showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.
  • Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
  • Monday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.
  • Monday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
  • Tuesday: A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 39.


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