Just when you thought it was time to transition to spring (which is right around the corner on Mar. 20th), we’ve got another Winter Weather Advisory for the Pacific Northwest from the National Weather Service. Mt. Baker ski area reported that it has already received 6″ since this morning, 11″ in the past 24hrs and it’s “dumping”. Other Western Washington Cascades resorts can expect 5-10″ by tomorrow a.m. according to the latest forecast -
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM PDT SUNDAY ABOVE 3000 FEET FOR THE CASCADES OF SOUTHERN WASHINGTON AND NORTHERN OREGON…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ABOVE 3000 FEET FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW
* TIMING…SNOW CONTINUES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING…BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES. MEANWHILE GUSTY WEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY THIS EVENING…CONTINUING THROUGH THE NIGHT. SNOW WILL DECREASE IN INTENSITY SUNDAY MORNING.
* SNOW LEVELS…STARTING AROUND 3500 FEET…THEN LOWERING TO 1500 TO 2000 FEET TONIGHT.
* ACCUMULATION…5 TO 10 INCHES…WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS ABOVE 3000 FEET IN ELEVATION.
* WIND…WEST WINDS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE THROUGH THIS EVENING…WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE FOR EXPOSED AREAS. THIS WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW TONIGHT.
* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN THE NORTH OREGON AND SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADES…ESPECIALLY THIS EVENING. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE LOW ENOUGH TO CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FOR THE CASCADE PASSES.