It’s coming: Blustery wind and at least 4-6 inches of snow forecast for Seattle area

It’s coming: Blustery wind and at least 4-6 inches of snow forecast for Seattle area

Seattle Times reporter

Disappointed with the snow dust falling on much of Puget Sound this morning? Sad that there is no where you live

Just wait, says Seattle’s National Weather Service.

More are definitely on the way, along with some gusty winds in western Whatcom County and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca that help create the conditions for a winter storm.

Gusts could reach 35 to 55 miles per hour in these areas, but were only measured at 13 miles per hour in downtown Seattle on Thursday, weather service meteorologist Mary Butwin said. The wind is expected to be on and off by Saturday, she said.

Along with areas of lowland snow, there are cold temperatures and windy conditions in Whatcom County and the San Juan Islands this morning. Gusts are currently 35-55 MPH. Wind cools at 0 °. #WAwx

– NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 11, 2021

[THREAD] Here you can see the snow accumulations from this morning until early Friday morning. This does NOT include the totals for the next system arriving Friday night through Saturday. More will be on the way! #wawx

– NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 11, 2021

Light snow was moving north through the region on Thursday, weather services meteorologist Maddie Kristell said, and road crews have their plows ready.

It takes time because dry winds from the east remove moisture from the weather system that comes in over the Pacific. This means that it takes longer for the air to become saturated enough for snow again.

But Thursday isn’t the main event anyway, Kristell said.

“If you don’t get snow today, you sure will on Friday and Saturday,” she said.

On Friday night through Saturday, weather models show we’re likely to get at least 4 to 6 inches of snow, with higher totals possible in Seattle and a foot or more in Counties Pierce and Lewis near the Cascades, she said.

Kristell said she envisioning this snow could be enjoyed more than in the past as many people don’t commute.

“Hopefully more people can enjoy it at home,” she said.

We have a stubborn area of ​​light snow of our own that stretches from the San Juan Islands to Island County. When you are awake, please let us know if you received a congregation! The main snow machine of the day is currently just off the Washington coast. #wawx

– NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 11, 2021

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