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Snowed again: Winter storm brings gobs of snow, heavy rain for slushy mess



by Scott Sistek | KOMONews.com Meteorologist

Heavy snow in Port Orchard (Photo: Brian Geiger)

Current warnings / warnings from kl. 20.45

  • Seattle / Bremerton areas: Winter road Advisory until noon. 4 on Tuesday to Trace-3 "more snow, mostly away from water."
  • Everett / Snohomish County, Skagit Co., San Juans, Cascade Foothills, Sekiu Area: Winter Storm Warning for 6:00 am Tuesday for 3-9 "snow (less along Everett shores)
  • Western Whatcom County: Winter Storm Warning until 6 pm Tuesday to 5-8 "snow
  • Hood Channel: Winter Storm Warning for 4:00 for 2-8" extra snow
  • Olympic Peninsula: Winter Storm Warning until Tuesday morning at 1-7 "new snow [19659005]] Bellevue, Tacoma, the Olympia area, the coast, Southwest Washington have turned to rain.

SEATTLE – We are probably ready to wave the white surrender fleet, it will only be lost in the snow of the snow …

Snow tired Western Washington took another ice-cold punch for bowel Monday when the fourth winter storm of a week brought several inches of snow to a region still tame from past storms, with a vicious transition to rain for some who threaten by turning almost a foot of snow or more into a slushy, damaging mess.

Thousands of schools were closed again Monday and have already announced closures for Tuesday. ( See full list >> )

] Already some carports and awnings collapsed under the combined weight of heavy snow and a drenching rain, with the danger spreading north into Seattle Metro areas as temperatures continued with to heat. Trees and power lines were no better, and about 70,000 people had lost power from 10 am Monday.

In Sequim, a person was seriously injured when an awning collapsed when he was on top of snow brushing.

Meanwhile, another awning collapsed at the 155th Street Court East and 97th Ave Ct E. in Puyallup's South Hill neighborhood.

The heaviest snow totals on Monday night were in South Sound and along the Kitsap peninsula. Port Orchard and Seabeck reported 9 new inches of snow, while Olympia had 8 and Tumwater had 6.5 inches.

Around the Seattle Metro area, the snow totals were in the 2.5-5.5 inch range with the Queen Anne coming in at 5.5 inches.

Up in the mountains fell over a foot with new snow Monday on top of almost two feet that fell on Sunday. A major stretch of I-90 was closed over the mountains to central Washington due to spinouts and treacherous driving conditions.

The snow caused another day's headache at Sea-Tac Airport, where over 320 aircraft were canceled and 240 were delayed, according to FlightAware. 6.1 inches of snow fell at the airport, which gave 20.2 inches a month – a record for February at Sea-Tac and another snowy February all the time! It is only the 8th time in the recorded Seattle history back to 1894 that the city has had 20 inches of snow in a month or more.

Even the ferry service had reduced runs due to snow, with the Edmonds-Kingston route down to 1 boat on Monday night, while Bainbridge Island route would use only one boat after 11:35 pm The last two runs of Coupeville / Port Townsend runs were also canceled.

Licked streets from the current snowstorm and Sunday's snow in Seattle have prompted Metro to run on the Emergency Snow Network, which consists of only 60 routes on mostly flat high-speed areas.

But the weather chaos was not finished at night as a warm front, which probably was not fully aware of the irony of the name, still slowly lifted through the Puget Sound area, bringing snow to its northern side, but shifting to rain on its south side.

Olympia reported 8 inches of snow earlier on Monday followed by 0.59 "moderate rain on the heels, making a dull mess. A similar fate eventually awaited them around Seattle, but areas from around Snohomish County north are expected to remain in a longer period of snow.

Winter storm warnings remained in effect for the larger Everett / Snohomish County area, Skagit County, San Juan, Eastside foo thills, Hood Canal area and the Northern Olympic Peninsula for continued snow overnight the early Tuesday morning hours. Total snow accumulation is generally 3-9 inches, perhaps less on the Olympic Peninsula.

Winter weather was valid for the Seattle and Bremerton / Kitsap County area until 4am Tuesday for another Trace-3 ", especially away from the water as well as the island County and Pt. Townsend area.

Areas from the Tacoma South and Eastside have been switched to rain. It will be a gentle and soft night.

As rain and snow differ on Tuesday morning, attention will turn to the aftermath, and the great melt will come when the temperature reaches the low 40's. Some areas have well over a foot of snow from the combined weekend snowstorms with southern and kitsap peninsula areas reporting as much as 16-24 inches on the ground.

Crews emphasize residents to ensure that storm drains are free of snow, so that ponding and flooding do not occur, and to try to remove as much snow as possible from roof sheets and car ports / awnings.

Long range forecasts indicate continued cool weather, but a moderation from the deep freezing of the last days. Heights must climb into the low 40's with low around or just below freezing, which means that subsequent storms must be good mountain snowmen, but will only be warm enough to keep snow levels above most of the lowlands.


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