The big question the next few days will be “is it going to snow at my house?”. Here are the thoughts I sent to the newsroom a few minutes ago…
First, things we know WON’T happen in the next 5 days:
-A Cold Blast or Freeze, or “Arctic Chill”
Lots of cold showers streaming in off the Pacific through Friday, no single “storm”, although the showers pile up against the Cascades, which makes it more of a continous snowfall (storm) up there.
The showers get a bit colder and the snow level (the lowest elevation that snow sticks) lowers tomorrow through Friday. At this point it appears the the lowest that we’ll see an inch or more of sticking snow is ABOUT 1,000′. Each morning there will probably be some sticking snow below that elevation in spots; basically if a heavy shower passes over, it allows the snow level to briefly dip a bit more.
In the hills (up near 1,000′ and above): Much better chance for some snow on the ground the next 3 mornings, but even that will be random.
So will we see a widespread sticking snow (1-2″+) here in the lowest parts of the Metro area?
Unlikely, just not quite cold enough with relatively mild air coming in off the Pacific through Friday.
Will everyone see SOME snow in the air, or a dusting on cars/grass?
Very likely, especially Thursday and Friday mornings when it’ll be slightly colder. At times it could get real exciting with fat snowflakes falling, but then melting. Snow will be a “talker” the next 4 days.
Will it affect the morning or evening commutes?
No issues with main roads/highways in the lowest elevations, but expect snowy roads at times in the hills (top of West Hills, Sandy, etc…), probably only during the AM commutes. This time of year, temperatures generally jump into the 40s in the afternoons because it’s getting so late in the winter season. One sunbreak and it’s 44 degrees.
This will be the best snow “event” we’ve seen this winter in the Cascades and hills around town.
As for Sunday and Monday, details on that are really up in the air, some models show a good combination of moisture and cold for a widespread snowfall even down at the lowest elevations; others do not.
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