Snow in Bellingham on Nov. Three, 2017 (KOMO Photo)
SEATTLE — The Halloween sweet continues to be in practically full in buckets and Thanksgiving procuring is weeks away — we’re even nonetheless on Daylight Saving Time! — however elements of Western Washington have already got their first snowfall of the 2017 winter season.
Wet snow was falling above a couple of hundred toes within the Puget Sound space up north into Bellingham, and over towards Port Angeles as a chilly air blew in from the Fraser River Valley in a single day.
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In the Puget Sound area, studies of a dusting of snow are in from the hilltops of West Seattle, Shoreline, Woodinville, Mukilteo, Stanwood, Bellevue, Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island, with non-sticking snow or rain/snow combine in decrease elevations.
With the comparatively heat temperatures close to 50 over the previous week, street temperatures have been nonetheless effectively above freezing and the slushy snow wasn’t anticipated to trigger any issues across the Puget Sound area, however it certain was a great reminder that precise winter will not be that far off.
Snow was having a greater time sticking in Whatcom County the place northeast winds continued to blow out of the Fraser River Valley to 30-45 mph, dropping temperatures to freezing. Photos confirmed as a lot as 1-Three inches of snow round Bellingham.
Sticking snow was additionally reported round Port Angeles the place colleges have been on a 2 hour delay.
In this climate sample, the northern Olympic Peninsula is in a little bit of a snow belt the place these northeast winds hit the northern slopes of the Olympic Mountains and squeeze out moisture — on this case, it is chilly sufficient for snow. Think of it as a reverse Olympic Rain Shadow impact.
The showers inflicting the snow early Friday morning will slide south and taper off from the north as we get into the mid-morning hours with temperatures rebounding again into the 40s, rapidly melting no matter little snow is on the market. A number of remaining remoted rain or rain/snow combine showers are doable via the remainder of the day with no accumulations.
After a relaxed however cool Saturday, we now have an opportunity of an identical snow occasion above a couple of hundred toes Saturday evening into early Sunday as one other chilly climate system swings via.