SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

posted Jan 7, 2011, 9:17 PM by smike@guemesfire.org
...247 PM PST FRI JAN 7 2011

...SNOW POTENTIAL THIS WEEKEND AND IN THE WEEK TO COME...

A COLD AND SHOWERY AIR MASS WILL SPREAD ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON
THIS WEEKEND. SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL TO 1000 FEET ON SATURDAY AND
THEN TO NEAR SEA LEVEL OR JUST A COUPLE HUNDRED FEET ON SUNDAY
MORNING. IN SHOWERY PATTERNS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS CAN BE HIGHLY
LOCALIZED...DEPENDING ON ELEVATION AND HOW CONVERGENCE ZONES
DECIDE TO FORM. LOCATIONS FROM SEATTLE NORTH TO THE ISLANDS AND
SKAGIT COUNTY WOULD BE THE MOST LIKELY PLACES TO SEE ACCUMULATING
SNOW...BUT ANYWHERE STANDS A CHANCE. LOCATIONS THAT GET SNOW COULD
GET A FEW INCHES...WHILE MANY OTHER LOCATIONS WILL JUST GET
FLURRIES OR LEFT OUT ALTOGETHER. THE CHARACTER OF THE EVENT WILL
BE SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT HAPPENED ON DECEMBER 29TH...THOUGH THE
EXACT LOCATION OF THE HEAVIER SNOWS COULD VERY WELL BE DIFFERENT.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK WILL BE COLD AND DRY.

STARTING WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE END OF NEXT WEEK...THERE IS THE
POTENTIAL FOR A WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOW EVENT SOMEWHERE IN WESTERN
WASHINGTON. GREAT UNCERTAINTY INHERENTLY EXISTS IN A FORECAST WITH
THIS MUCH LEAD TIME...AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A HEAVY SNOW
SITUATION WILL NOT HAPPEN. CHECK BACK LATE THIS WEEKEND OR BY
MONDAY FOR THE LATEST ON THIS POTENTIAL HIGH-IMPACT EVENT. IF THE
POTENTIAL STILL EXISTS AT THAT TIME...THEN THE DRY WEATHER ON
MONDAY AND TUESDAY WOULD AFFORD AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO
PREPARE.
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