Live Blog: Western Washington Winter Storm February 8, 2019

4:05 pm PST update

So far over a foot of snow has fallen in Sequim over in Clallam County, with Port Angeles not far behind with 10 inches.  Snow continues to fall and there’s been some changes to the warnings and advisories.  The Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled for the North and Central Coast.  Winter Storm Warning has been added for the Southwest Interior.  The rest of the advisories and warnings remain unchanged…Slide5nwshaz.us_nw (1)

The snow continues to rotate around the area of low pressure, and we can expect snowfall to continue right through the evening hours, with the time of the heaviest snow is expected between now and around 9 or 10 pm.  Snowfall rates up to an inch or two per hour will be possible in the heaviest bands.  We also expect winds to increase through the evening hours, with a High Wind Warning in effect for Western Whatcom and Western Skagit counties.  Slide3

If you plan on traveling this evening, it is highly not recommended.  Travel times are well above normal due to the snow and snow covered roads.  To check out the travel times, you can click on this link.   Many bus routes throughout the Puget Sound region are cancelled or are on snow routes.  Snohomish County is under a state of emergency and we expect these dangerous conditions to continue through the evening.

2:25 pm PST update

Snow is continuing to overspread the area this afternoon.  Currently it’s the Sequim area that has seen the most snow with the latest report showing 8 inches already fell.  You can see the rest of the reports below…Slide5

On the radar, snow continues to overspread the area.  Moderate snow is falling in the Everett area and traffic outside the headquarters on 132nd St SE is moving slow.  Area buses companies are cancelling routes, as travel becomes dangerous.  Slide3

We are still a few hours away from seeing the heaviest snows across the area and as roads become more and more snow covered, as noted above, driving will become dangerous and hazardous.  To sum things up, if you don’t have to be out this afternoon or evening, please just stay home.

11:44 am PST update

Good (almost) afternoon, we are beginning to see some of our first snowfall reports coming in.  The highest as of 11:30 am, 3.5 inches in Port Angeles, with several reports of 2 inch totals.  You can see the reports we have so far below…Slide5

As we go through the afternoon and evening hours, we will of course add in more reports.  A look at the radar is telling, heaviest snowfall currently along US 101 from Port Angeles to Sequim, with even some rain falling or mixing in with snow from Silverdale southward to Bremerton, Port Orchard, possibly to Tacoma and Olympia.  We still do and fully expect snow to fill in and overspread the area as we get into the afternoon hours and we also expect for road conditions to become hazardous.  School districts are beginning to dismiss students ahead of this winter storm and several major colleges are suspending classes within the next couple of hours.  Slide3

10:15 am PST update

We are beginning to see the snow pick up in activity, especially towards the Port Angeles and south and east towards Smokey Point, Marysville, and over towards Lake Stevens.  Portions of Everett will also likely get an increase in snowfall soon.  The overall trend for the next few hours we will see snowfall continue to increase in coverage and by the early afternoon hours, should begin to see it accumulate and that’s when things will become increasingly hazardous.  We will continue with updates throughout the day.Slide3

7:50 am PST update

Good morning, we start off this live blog with the watches/warnings and advisories.  All of Western Washington is under some type of Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory.  High Wind Warning also in effect for Western Whatcom and Skagit counties.  nwshaz.us_nw

On the radar, only a few flurries or very light snow showers across portions of Western Washington, nothing here at my location, but as we go through the day, that will certainly change as more snow filters in the area.  Slide3

Finally to end this update, here’s a look at the snowfall potential for today, we are expecting anywhere between 3 and 8 inches across the Puget Sound region.  Lower amounts further north towards the Bellingham area, and west across the coastal sections and southwest portion.Slide28 Snohomish County is under a State of Emergency, several school systems will be closing schools early today.  All of the major public transportation companies are reducing service as the day goes on.  Keep a close eye on this page throughout the day as we will be updating on warnings, advisories, and more.  Strongly suggested if you can leave work early, do so and once you get home, it is advised to stay there, if you have to be out today, BE VERY CAREFUL!