Puget Sound Weather Forecast? A Little 'Flake'y

Puget Sound Weather Forecast? A Little 'Flake'y
SEATTLE - Updated Thursday 11:20 p.m.


Oops, channeling what many people must have thought when they looked out the window Thursday as snow fell across just about all of Western Washington.

As usual, how much you received was tied to your elevation. Reports ranged from nothing in Downtown Seattle to as much as 5" up on Orcas Island.

But the three questions on everyone's mind are:

"How long will it last?"
"How much did we get?"
"Are we going to get any more?"

(OK and "Will there be any school tomorrow?" Answer there is "probably yes" for most.)

"How Long Will It Last?"

As of 11 p.m., a second wave was making its way through the Puget Sound area, on its way north/northeast toward the northern Cascades. It might go east into the mountains by the time it reaches Skagit County to the north, so Whatcom County and points west might not see any more.

This second wave should last through the early morning hours before it passes and most areas dry out.

About another 1-2" fell in the Puyallup area with this second wave, and it could drop another 1-2" to places that got accumulating snow earlier Thursday.

"How Much Did We Get"

This snow event was pretty typical for when we're on the edge, temperature-wise. Most of the accumulating snow was confined to spots above 300 feet.

For instance, Downtown Seattle had no accumulations, while Queen Anne and the hills of West Seattle had about 1-2".

Elsewhere, reports are about 2" in Everett and Mukilteo and 2-4" around Port Angeles and Sequim away from the water. Duvall and Woodinville had about 3", and Sammamish got about 2".

We did get one report of 5" of snow on Orcas Island.

But generally speaking, it was 0-dusting for 0-300 feet, about 1-3" from 300-600 feet, and 2-3" from 600-900 feet.

"Are We Going To Get Any More?"

Once this second wave passes Thursday night, that will be the end of the widespread steady snows, instead changing to those post-stormy-scattered showers routine where the rain/snow will be more random in nature for Friday and Saturday.

As to whether it'll be rain or snow, it'll depend on time of day and elevation. Highs will be around 38, with lows around 32 both days, so daytime showers will probably be rain or a mix, but could be snow at night. Also, as usual, higher elevations would be more likely to see snow, as would spots that get under a heavier shower.

But as we said, these showers will be scattered and random, so we can't pinpoint any spot that would get more than others. Just be on the lookout for a little snow at times through Saturday.

Once we get toward Sunday, that cold low should be gone, and we'll warm up a tad. Still a few rain showers expected though.

The newer long-range models show continued warming for early next week, with high climbing into the mid 40s. (So don't put those shorts away just yet!)

As for the weather, looks dry and partly sunny for Monday-Wednesday, which will at least be a welcome change for forecasters to where the most challenging question will be: "Where did my sunglasses go?" :)