The Snowpocalypse expected to hit Western Washington looks to be more of a Snowskirmish, as forecasts were downgraded Wednesday morning to call for considerably less snow than initially expected.
As of Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service had scaled back its prediction, calling for less snow than expected as an offshore front moves into the area late Wednesday afternoon and brings the region’s snowfall to an end.
The Bellingham and Everett areas will likely get little if any snow, according to the NWS, though Bellingham can expect strong winds. Locations south of Everett are expected to get between 3 and 8 inches by the late afternoon. Precipitation could change to rain or freezing rain briefly Wednesday afternoon over the southern portion of western Washington and the central coast.
Weather guru Cliff Mass similarly adjusted his forecast on his blog Tuesday evening, saying that the Cascades, southwest Washington and the eastern slopes of the Cascades will get plenty of snow, possibly more than three feet, but Puget Sound and northwest Washington are not likely to get much.
The Seattle area can expect only about 2 to 4 inches, Mass said, while Olympia is likely to get 7 to 8 inches of snow and other areas of southwest Washington could get 8 to 15 inches. Everett might get a couple of inches, he said, but Bellingham will get very little snow. Winds will be strong only over areas of northwest Washington downstream of the Fraser River gap, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and offshore of Grays Harbor, Mass said.
Forecasts aside, we’d like to get a sense of what’s happening on the ground and how the weather is affecting boats, boaters and marinas around Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and B.C. That means we need your input!
If you are on or near the water today, please take a second to send us your observations using the comments form below. Tell us what you see out your porthole or on your dock and how boaters and facilities are coping.
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We got some great reader response during previous storms, helping folks who couldn’t get to their boats to keep tabs on the situation at their marinas.
We’ll use your reports to weave together a story as it unfolds.