Weather Blog

Live snow event blog

I'll be providing real-time updates of the snow storm as we wade through the day and night.

You can also find me Tweeting live today @ScottSKOMO or I'm also posting my Tweets on Facebook at Facebook.com/scottsKOMO

Check back often as we'll be updating this page rather frequently.


9:10 p.m.: WSP says disabled semis are blocking NB I-5 at Skagit River Bridge

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6:16 p.m: WSDOT: "Good news 520 drivers: Plows are on the way!"

6:12 p.m.: Seattle says expect normal garbage pickup Thursday for those who have that day.

5:50 p.m.Seattle details its city response plan for tonight's snow

5:45 p.m.: SDOT: 19 plow trucks with salt spreaders are pre-positioned around Seattle. Snow routes have been pre-treated with magnesium chloride salt brine, emphasizing elevated structures. The department has been working 12-hour shifts for 24-hour operations since 9 a.m. this morning.

5:32 p.m.: From @jenniisabeast : "Snowing really hard here in Edmonds! Not sticking to the roads yet though! But i love the white stuff!"

5:31 p.m.: WSDOT: "Snow coming down heavily in Stanwood/Mount Vernon area."

5:30 p.m.: KOMO reporter John Flick just sent in this video from snowy Everett:

5:15 p.m.: From @Prettylady6599: Kenmore snow switch to major hail about and inch thick now!!!

5:14 p.m. Mount Vernon now reports 8" of snow, including 2" in last 45 minutes. Also report of ice pellets atop Queen Anne Hill.

5:10 p.m. Snow continues to increase across Snohomish and northern King County. Also getting reports of ice pellets mixing in.

4:50 p.m. OK, this was yesterday up at Snoqualmie, but very cute video!

4:45 p.m. Report from Freeland on Whidbey Island: "I'm getting SLAMMED up here in Freeland!!!  Heavy snow and low visibility with fog. And it is sticking like crazy!"

4:35 p.m.: Radar shows Convergence Zone forming over Island County about to spread east into Snohomish County. Those of you in greater Everett area need to be ready for another round of snow shortly.

4:05 p.m.: Pierce Transit service has gone to snow routes due to deteriorating road conditions throughout the service area

2:30 p.m. State Patrol says that in region 7 which is from King County line to the Canadian Border including Whidbey Island, they've had 35 collisions today -- most of them were cars into the ditch or sliding off the road. There were two injury collisions and those two injuries were minor.

2:15 p.m.: Two photos just into the bin, first one from Port Angeles, second from west Olympia:

2:05 p.m. Latest taunts, I mean snow reports, from National Weather Service: 2" Sekiu, 6" La Conner, 3" Coville (Clallam), 2" Sequim.

1:55 p.m.: 
Snow from earlier cell as it went through SeaTac

1:45 p.m.: Snow in Snoqualmie, courtesy @robthegman
 
1:00 p.m.: Snow shower moving through Auburn and Bonney Lake area. It's just a passing shower and part of the "slushy snow" showers we've been forecasting

11:55 a.m.: Reports of sticking snow in Aberdeen and Port Angeles.

11:35 a.m.: Some new snow totals: 2.8" Camano Island, 1.1" Puyallup, 7" Anacortes, 4" Forks, 9" Oak harbor, 5" Chehalis.

11:25 a.m.: Winds veering, weakening snow shadow that had been in effect over Seattle and now starting to increase snow shower activity across the central and southern Puget Sound area. These have potential to bring Trace -2" in wet, slushy accumulations.

11:20 a.m.: Metro says that every bus that left its bus barns after 10 a.m. had chains on them. They have chain trucks out around the area chaining the buses that are out.  The plan is have them all chained up by the afternoon.

10:23 a.m.: Passing snow shower rolls through Tacoma, Lakewood and Fife. This is just among random showers we've been talking about in the "1-2 inch slushy accums" part of forecast.

10:10 a.m.: New photo from Oak Harbor:

10:00 a.m.: Snow falling in Tacoma at rate of "1 inch per fortnight" according to @shockyshocky.  Well that will make a nice coating by 4th of July now, won't it? :)

9:45 a.m.: 3" of snow on west side of San Juan Island, but letting up for the moment.  Report of injury accident on Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor.

9:40 a.m.: Mount Vernon reports 6" of snow, all in the last 3.5 hours.

8:50 a.m.: Snow reports of 4.5" in Belfast (Skagit Co), 6" in Mount Vernon, including 2" in 30 minutes.

8:40 a.m.:
National Weather Service updates Winter Storm Warnings to the following snow forecasts:

  • North Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles/Sequim): 6-12" through tonight with more poss. Thursday.
  • Whatcom County/San Juans (Bellingham, Friday Harbor): 3-7" by evening; NE winds 25-35 mph gusting to 60 mph. Blowing snow may reduce visibilities.
  • Snohomish/Skagit/Island Counties (Everett, Arlington, Edmonds, Mt. Vernon): 3-7" today (highest toward Skagit/Island) and 2-6" more possible overnight.
  • Seattle-Tacoma/Bremerton areas: 1-2" slushy accumulations in passing showers today, then increasing snow overnight with 3-6" new snow possible.
  • Eastside / Cascade Foothills: 3-5" expected today ast of I-405/SR-167/SR-527 in the higher terrain. Lower terrain along I-405/SR-167 (Bellevue/Kirkland/Renton): 1-2" slushy accumulations in passing showers today. Tonight, all areas 3-6" more.
  • Southwest Washington & Coast: (Olympia, Chehalis, Hoquiam, Forks): 1-6" in bursts today through tonight, highest accumulations away from water and above 300'. Additional accumulations possible overnight.
     

7:58 a.m.: A little bit of snow in the Olympia area:


7:55 a.m.:
 National Weather Service spotters report 14.5" of snow in Darrington and 4" of snow in Mount Vernon. Also 1" on ground on west side of San Juan Island and snowing steadily.

7:33 a.m.: Snow reported in Olympia, sticking on offramps and side roads. Snow also reported in Spanaway again as a shower moves through

7:30 a.m.: Snohomish Fire Officials say there was a single car accident. SR 9 & Marsh Rd in Snohomish. A car rolled over into a water-filled ditch at 6:10 a.m.

Fire crews rescued the man when they arrived. He had no injuries, was just a little cold.  Crews cleared the scene at 6:45am

7:10 a.m. Oak Harbor reports 5" of snow so far.

7:05 a.m.: Steady, heaviest snow is in the Oak Harbor/Island County areas, with light snow reported across much of Skagit and Snohomish Counties. These areas will likely be on the higher end of the forecasted snow totals ranges of 2-6" when all is said and done. Oak Harbor might be pushing 8-12" by time all is said and done at this rate.