'Most boring day of winter' fraught with rain, wind and snow

'Most boring day of winter' fraught with rain, wind and snow »Play Video
Photo of snow on Redmond's Novelty Hill on Feb. 25, 2012. (Photo courtesy: Sue Atkinson.)
SEATTLE -- One year ago today, a certain meteorologist went and proclaimed February 25th as the most boring day of winter in the Seattle area.

February 25th got the message.

The sun had barely risen and already the day featured, rain, wind, pounding coastal surf, and most importantly in dumping its boring reputation, some snow in the lowlands.

A strong cold front moved through Western Washington overnight, first punctuated by heavy rains and strong winds.

Some peak gusts from the pre-dawn hours Saturday were 53 mph in Oak Harbor, 48 mph in Hoquiam, 46 mph in Tacoma, 44 mph in Shelton and 39 mph in Port Angeles.

As the front passed, cold, unstable air moved in and trigged some chilly showers that dropped the snow level down to about 1,000 feet. But some of the heavier showers and a fairly decent Puget Sound Convergence Zone temporarily brought the snow levels down to the surface, bringing a sticking snow to some areas in Snohomish and northern King County.

So far, the most impressive snow report has come from Novelty Hill in Redmond, where 4-5 inches of snow were reported to have fallen. Closer to I-5, snow totals were a dusting to perhaps an inch that had already begun to melt as the sun rose and snow levels rise as the showers end.

Aside from the snow, the wind will continue to be gusty Saturday morning. Winds have peaked and will taper off as we get through the day. Winds have peaked but will remain gusty through the early afternoon.

Up in the mountains the snow will keep going through Saturday evening. A Winter Storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for another 8-13 inches of snow for storm totals of 1-2 feet.

More spots of snow possible late Saturday and Sunday

But once Saturday ends, we're not done with the snow yet. Even cooler air will filter in Saturday night, and another trough of low pressure was expected to slide through the area later Saturday into early Sunday.

That trough will bring an increase in showers that could once again dip snow levels down to a few hundred feet or lower and put down a light dusting to 2" before the shower passes, the snow level rises back up a bit, and the snow begins to melt. But during snow showers, it could be enough to coat roads creating temporary travel issues.

The best chance for another round of snow lies with another Convergence Zone that is possible in this trough's wake Saturday night into Sunday, so those areas that saw snow Saturday morning have a risk of seeing more snow in a zone. But anywhere that gets hit by these random snow showers could see a quick, light accumulation -- even near sea level.

We dry out Sunday night and Monday, but long range models indicate snow levels will occasionally bounce down to around 1,000 feet, give or take, at times again through the week.

In the meantime, February 21, better start working on your resume. You're about to assume the new title of most boring day of winter!