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: Sunday, 11:30 p.m.
A dominant area of high pressure made for an even stronger inversion (cold, foggy air near the surface with warmer air and sunshine above) around the Sound Suday, and most communities struggled to clear out much at all. Highs in Seattle and Tacoma only hit the middle 30s due to the stubborn and chilly fog--the coldest daytime highs we've had since early February of 2014. Above the fog, sunshine and milder temperatures made for a gorgeous and sunny November afternoon in some of the foothill communities, and the ocean beaches enjoyed blue skies and highs in the low 50s.
We'll hang onto the foggy, cold air for one more night, and a 'Dense Fog Advisory' is in place to warm of the very low visibility. Freezing fog leading to black ice will again be an issue for overnight and early morning drivers, so commute with caution on back-to-work Monday. Lows will start out primarily in the 20s.
Monday will be our transition day, weather-wise, as a weak disturbance is ultimately able to break through the high and send increasing clouds in our direction by mid-day. Some light rain will kick in at the coastline by the afternoon, and some spots along the I-5 corridor will see some rain by the evening. Most of the very cold air should get scoured out, and highs will cross back into the 40s. However, there may be a few cold pockets left that start with some light freezing rain on Monday night, so watch for more black ice before the warm-up is complete.
From Tuesday on, things turn wet and much milder. While Monday's storm will be weak and will serve as the 'storm-door-opener', the series that follow will be considerably wetter and stronger. Highs each day will hit the upper 40s if not the low 50s around the urban core, and overnight lows will lose their bite, with low 40s commonplace by dawn around Seattle-proper. It will be gusty at times, too, especially by later in the week as the storms ride in on a strong and gusty jet.
With the return of the lowland rain comes the mountain snow: the resorts, especially the higher ones, will pick up a nice coating of winter white throughout the first week of December.
Have a great week,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO Forecast Team