Brace for big freeze — maybe Seattle snow — weather service warns
Wednesday’s high temperatures set records for the date, but that is expected to change to freezing weather in the week ahead.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Hope you enjoyed some of Wednesday’s record high temperatures, because by Monday much of Western Washington, including Seattle, could be freezing.
Wednesday’s sunny weather brought record highs for the date: 57 in Seattle, 58 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and 56 at Hoquiam, said Johnny Burg, National Weather Service meteorologist. Several other areas were close to doing the same, he said.
But that all changes this weekend with a heavy rainstorm that will be followed by a freezing cold front and possibly snow that could fall on areas as low as Seattle, Burg said.
The storm coming through Sunday is expected to dump between six and 12 inches of snow on the Cascades by Sunday night.
“If you’re traveling on passes this weekend, you might want to do that on Saturday,” said Burg.
Rain will be heavy at times in the Seattle area Sunday, he said, but no flood warnings are expected at this point.
Highs in the Seattle area will be about 50 degrees, and lows Sunday night will be in the upper 30s.
There’s a chance that moisture from the storm and a cold front behind it might overlap enough to bring snow to the Seattle area, Burg said.
“There’s still some uncertainty about when, how and where snow will happen,” Burg said.
“It does look like if we get any snow, it’ll be very little — less than an inch.”
Whether it snows or not, though, temperatures Monday and Tuesday will be freezing.
Monday highs for Seattle during the day will be in the upper 30s.
“Rest assured, it’s going to get worse,” Burg said.
On Tuesday, highs for Seattle will be in the mid-30s, and lows Tuesday night will be in the mid- to lower 20s.
Bellingham’s highs for Tuesday are expected to be in the lower 30s, and the lows at night could reach the high teens.
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