Yes, there is a Winter Storm Warning in place for the Snoqualmie Valley. Yes, we’ve already seen some snow. But when is the REAL snow coming you ask? According to the National Weather Service – probably later this afternoon or this evening, February 23rd. 4-8 inches of snow is predicted for the Snoqualmie Valley.
Local weather forecasters think the evening commute may even remain unscathed by the impending snow. They do not promise this, though. For those of you commuting in and out of Snoqualmie, a long “snow commute” has probably happened at some point. These snow commutes can be ugly and time-consuming. The last one was this past November. If you struggled through that long commute home and the 3 hour drive is still fresh in your mind… well, maybe work from home today and save your sanity. Or maybe leave work early.
Heavy, steady snow is predicted when the arctic front makes its way down from British Columbia later this afternoon. It is set to collide with moisture from a low pressure system spinning off the Washington coast. While 1-3 inches of snow is expected for all of Western Washington, heavier amounts are also predicted. Those heavier amounts are location dependent. If you live where a heavier snow band sets up then you could see upwards of 5-8 inches.
Bottom line is, be ready for snow and be prepared for it to impact tonight’s evening commute. A snow commute is not a definite thing, but something to keep in mind. Temperatures are set to significantly drop once the arctic front passes to the south of us – making road conditions more treacherous. Highs tomorrow will only be in the low to mid 30’s. Lows are predicted to fall to the teens and low 20’s. Temperatures should moderate back to the 40’s by Sunday.
To sum it up – snow followed by cold temperatures. Should be a big snow playground for the remainder of the kids’ mid winter school vacation!