The National Weather Service issued a “Special Weather Statement” early Saturday morning (Dec. 15), warning of a “strong Pacific storm” moving in late Sunday through Monday, and yes – even mentioning the “S” word – possibly coming Monday night, when the snow level is expected to drop to as low as 400 feet.
But don’t worry kids, temps won’t stay low enough for the “S” word to stick around much…at least they think.
First, the statement in its ALL CAPS glory:
…HIGH WINDS…HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW…AND COASTAL FLOODING ARE POSSIBLE IN WESTERN WASHINGTON SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…
A STRONG PACIFIC STORM WILL IMPACT THE REGION LATE SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY. THIS SYSTEM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS ON THE COAST SUNDAY NIGHT AND NORTH INTERIOR EARLY MONDAY. ELSEWHERE… IT WILL ALSO BECOME WINDY WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH POSSIBLE.
LARGE SWELLS OF 20 FEET OR HIGHER ARE PREDICTED FOR MONDAY…AND THIS COULD LEAD TO COASTAL FLOODING…ESPECIALLY IF THE LARGE OCEAN WAVES OCCUR DURING THE TIME OF ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDE.
THE MOUNTAINS COULD RECEIVE ANOTHER 1 TO 3 FEET OF SNOW BY LATE IN THE DAY MONDAY FROM THIS UPCOMING SYSTEM…ON TOP OF THE 10 TO 16 INCHES BEING PREDICTED BY MIDDAY SUNDAY.
Also worth noting is a “Coastal Flood Watch,” warning residents near the water of high tides and waves combining for possible flooding Monday morning (Dec. 17):
…COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR MONDAY MORNING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT MONDAY MORNING.
* HAZARD…WAVES AND TIDAL ANOMALY AT HIGH TIDE.
* IMPACTS…TIDAL OVERFLOW AND FLOODING NEAR THE BEACHES.
* TIME OF HIGH TIDE…8 OR 9 AM.
* TIDE TABLE PREDICTION…12.9 FT SEATTLE…9.7 FT PORT TOWNSEND…10.5 FT CHERRY POINT.
* EXPECTED TIDAL ANOMALY…1 TO 2 FEET.
A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH MEANS FLOODING OR BEACH EROSION WILL OCCUR IF WEATHER CONDITIONS DEVELOP AS PREDICTED. RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS SHOULD MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IF A WARNING IS ISSUED.
And here’s the 7-day forecast:
- This Afternoon: Rain. High near 43. South wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
- Tonight: Rain likely before 10pm, then scattered showers between 10pm and 4am, then a chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
- Sunday: Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 42. South southwest wind around 9 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
- Sunday Night: Rain. Low around 40. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
- Monday: Showers, mainly before 10am. High near 45. Breezy, with a south southwest wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
- Monday Night: A chance of rain showers before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 10pm and 4am, then a chance of snow showers after 4am. Snow level 1000 feet lowering to 400 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Tuesday: A chance of snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain showers. Snow level 0 feet rising to 600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Tuesday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
- Wednesday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.
- Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
- Thursday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.
- Thursday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
- Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.