Friday, December 2, 2016

Accumulating Snow This Weekend

We could see the season's first accumulating snowfall this weekend! Its a fast moving low pressure system we've been keeping an eye on the past few days, currently moving onshore in the Pacific Northwest. This system will quickly push east over the next two days, and arrives just west of the area by Saturday night.

Ahead of this system we could see a few peeks of sunshine before clouds move in ahead of the low. We should stay fairly dry overnight Saturday before snow arrives early Sunday morning. Temperatures should be below freezing when the system arrives, you may see some rain mixing in at first. At first it may be hard to get this snow to accumulate because our ground temperatures will be warm, but do expect after a short time that the snow will start to add up. We aren't talking high totals by any means, overall a dusting to an inch is possible. However, in a few localized spots, 2 inches of snow is possible.

Expect snowy conditions from 7am through about 3pm and then a transition over to a bit of mix in the early evening and then tapering off around 8-9pm in the evening. While totals won't be extremely high, its still a good idea to practice good winter weather driving habits as we remember how to drive in the snow. Many times drivers are over-confident with minor totals, and can lead to more accidents.

An active pattern sets up next week, and we are tracking more rain, snow, and cold weather through the week.

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