WeatherWatcher: Winter Storm Warning issued

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ashworth Ave N from Echo Lake Park, February 4, 2019.
Photo by Carl Dinse

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter storm warning in effect starting Friday at 12pm and ending Saturday at 12pm. In general 3-6 inches of snow is expected from this storm, but amounts can vary widely, with up to a foot of snow possible in some locations.

North winds are expected to pick up as well with wind speeds of 15-25mph and gusts to 35mph. Temperatures during the day will probably drop to the mid 20's or are expected to remain in the mid-upper 20's through the evening and overnight. Power outages are possible, but probably not going to be as widespread as with Monday's storm.

This weather system is what is considered a near perfect snow-maker for the Pacific Northwest. The latest high resolution models I've reviewed seem to consistently paint an 8-10" accumulation over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park specifically, although it varies slightly from model to model on where that narrow band hits.

The forecast still keeps a chance of snow, and a few more snow events, on the radar for the rest of the weekend and next week. Still, no sign of warming up for the extended forecast. I suspect this cold snap is going to be historic when everything is done.

I'll keep updating as new information becomes available on this storm, and the future ones on the way. For current conditions and updates, visit


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