Check out these photos from Pamela Maring of a column of ice that rose out of a dog dish in Marysville Wednesday morning. A frozen version of the Loch Ness Monster attempting to escape from its icy prison?
Nope, just some neat physics in play.
Updated: Saturday, 11:00 p.m.
It's been a gorgeous--but chilly--holiday weekend, and we'll wrap things up Sunday with more of the same. Starry skies overnight will allow for another very cold morning, with lows in the 20s for most of the Sound by dawn. Areas of frost and freezing fog will make for slippery surfaces for early morning drivers, but most of us will thaw out by noon. Blue skies and sunshine will allow for highs mainly in the middle 40s on Sunday afternoon. The sunset will be lovely yet again, but the oranges and pinks are a sign of the pollutants gathering near the surface beneath our strong ridge of high pressure. An 'Air Stagnation Advisory' is in place until noon Monday, as air quality continues to deteriorate thanks to the inversion.
We'll finally mix things up Monday (and our air quality issues will disappear), as the first weather system of several to follow successfully steers into the region. Look for increasing clouds Monday morning, with rain back around the Sound by the afternoon (all the better to for heading back indoors to the office or classroom!). That will mean more mountain snow, too, with snow piling up down to 4,500' by Monday night. Daytime highs around the Sound will warm into the middle to upper 40s.
The rest of the week will be quite wet at times as we head into a typical lowland rain/mountain snow pattern. Highs will stay mainly in the upper 40s to near 50 for the first several days of December, which is about average for this time of year.
Hopefully your holiday was anything BUT average--have a wonderful weekend!
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team