Snowy February, Dry March

Seattle’s February snow pack is long gone, but there is still plenty of snow to be found in the mountains. They got a help from the storm track last month, which was well positioned to blanket Washington and northeastern Oregon with precipitation. To get an idea of the shape of the storm track I’m showing

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One of the biggest snowstorms in decades takes aim at Seattle

This is the real deal, a significant 1-2 punch snowstorm is headed for the Seattle metro area beginning Thursday and continuing into Saturday night. Significant snowstorms are extremely rare in Seattle because it is nearly impossible for a storm system to combine cold, arctic air from east of the Cascades with warm, moist maritime air

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How much is it going to snow in the PNW lowlands this week?

Time to stock up on bananas and hunker down, the snowiest period since February 2019 is headed for the Pacific Northwest. While there is still some uncertainty about specifics, there is high confidence that the western WA lowlands, particularly the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia corridor, will experience a period of snowfall at the end of the week. In

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Arctic air heads for the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest has seen little in the way of true winter weather so far this year. With the days getting longer and spring rapidly approaching, time is running out to get some real cold into our region. One month ago I wrote about the possibility that the polar vortex would be paying a visit

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Why was Saturday’s convergence zone stronger than expected?

After a weak frontal passage overnight Friday, the general consensus was that the Seattle area would experience clearing skies by Saturday afternoon with perhaps an isolated shower or two. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas. A little after 8:30 AM, the main frontal band was already well off to the southeast and skies were clearing…except

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Winter begins in the Cascades

It was a stormy weekend for the Pacific Northwest. Early last week Washington weather enthusiasts were excited about a possible windstorm that wound up striking further south (50+ mph gusts in Newport, Or!), but I was looking forward to something different – the first big snowfall of the season for the Washington Cascades. Active weather

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