WeatherWatcher: Wet snow mixed with rain possible

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

As of 10pm Tuesday night there are reports around the area of snow mixing with rain, especially in the north of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. Temperatures got a little colder than expected and there are actually light snow accumulations in Marysville and Everett, with snow falling in parts of Edmonds and Lynnwood as well. I've also gotten a report that rain has changed over to snow in the Hillwood neighborhood in Shoreline.

Our La Niña pattern that we have been expecting all winter finally set up this week and is generating a cool northwest flow over the region. This has been persistent enough over the past few days to bring snow levels down to the lowlands in spots. Accumulation is not expected and the National Weather Service still has only rain forecasted for Tuesday night and Wednesday.

What to expect: Snow to mix in with rain at times, at other times it could be all snow in the overnight hours with some spotty, wet accumulations of a dusting to maybe an inch. As long as we stay above freezing anything that does stick probably won't last long. This system is not likely to be a major winter weather event. Sorry kids, this probably won't make Wednesday a snow day.

The main precipitation will likely end around 10am Wednesday morning with some partial clearing and showers. Another system moves in Thursday afternoon which could be marginally cold enough to see some snowflakes mix in with the rain or a change to wet snow. Thursday night through the weekend we have equal chances of rain or snow. Farther out forecasts show that we will continue to slowly cool down. The forecasts are too far out to tell right now but Sunday evening into next week could be a snow event. We need to keep an eye this. I'll be providing updates as conditions develop and forecasts become more certain.

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