Waking to a springtime wonderland

Waking to a springtime wonderland
SEATTLE -- "Spring, you're fired!"

That was what one of our viewers wrote in overnight while staring at one of the largest snow events to ever hit the Western Washington area in late April.

As much as 10" fell in some spots, with most snow totals ranging from 2-6". Almost all of the accumulating snow fell in southern Snohomish County and the northern edge of King County as a big Puget Sound Convergence zone set up shop and dumped snow on that area for several hours Friday afternoon and evening and well into the night.

Here are some of the updated snow totals as of Saturday morning.

  • Clearview: 10.2"
  • South Everett: 7.7"
  • Mill Creek: 7.6"
  • Woodinville: 6.5"
  • Mountlake Terrace: 4"
  • Snohomish: 3"
  • Edmonds: 3.5"
  • Shoreline: 3.5"
  • Gold Bar: 2.5"
  • Mukilteo: 2"
  • Monroe: 1.5"
  • Grand Mound: 1"

Some 6,500 Snohomish PUD customers were without power due to heavy, wet snow that's accumulating on the power lines Friday night. Most of the outages were in South Snohomish County in the Murphy's Corner, Martha Lake, Maplewood and Westgate areas.

Saturday night will feature more of the same from today -- scattered rain or snow showers, with any snow accumulations light and scattered and maybe 1" at best. The exception is the area of Clallam County away from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where a Snow Advisory is in effect until midnight for as much as 1-3 inches.

Temperatures will drop to around 30-32 degrees -- getting within shouting distance of the record low of 30 degrees set in 1961. Incidentally, Seattle did set the record for coldest high temperature of just 45 degrees, breaking the old record of 47set in 1975. We so far missed the record low for Saturday by one degree -- the coldest it has been is 34 degrees, missing the record of 33, but there's still an outside chance we could drop to 33 by midnight.

We really start running out of moisture Sunday, and with increasing sunbreaks, daytime temperatures should get back closer to 50. There is still the risk of an afternoon shower that could be snow in the morning and hail and/or a thunderstorm in the evening, but fewer than today.

We should be all dry by Sunday night and through Tuesday, with each day warming a bit for high temperatures, but with a lingering cool air mass and clearing skies at night, low temperatures will continue to flirt with records Sunday night and perhaps Monday night, dropping into the mid 20s to low 30s.

Long range forecasts are changing their tune for the middle of next week, now perhaps bringing some rain back into the picture for Wednesday and Thursday, but well warm enough that it's just rain. High temperatures should still reach the mid 50s. By next weekend, we're going to mix the previous two weekends together and talk about a much warmer rain with highs into the 60s.