Brief Cold and Snow Update

This shows the temperatures at 5 AM on Tuesday, March 10th. Notice Kitsap is in the purple which means lows in the low to mid 20s. The record low is 20º in Bremerton and 21º for Shelton. We could get very close!
This shows the temperatures at 5 AM on Tuesday, March 10th. Notice Kitsap is in the purple which means lows in the low to mid 20s. The record low is 20º in Bremerton and 21º for Shelton. We could get very close!

I don’t have a whole lot of time to write on this cold, dark Friday night but I do have just enough time to give you a brief update concerning this weekend’s cold and snow potential.

At this time, it is 100% certain we’re going to get VERY cold this weekend—both in the daytime and night time. Tomorrow through Tuesday I’m seeing highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s with overnight lows in the low to mid 20s. The Sunday-Monday period looks the coldest right now.

How about snow? Models are still waffling on our possibilities, but it appears Sunday is the best day for a bit of accumulating snow. Most areas could see anywhere from a trace to 2”, but the higher amounts will be concentrated in north and east Kitsap as a convergence zone could do what it did Thursday and drop us some snowfall. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday are looking partly to mostly cloudy with hit and miss rain/snow showers, but obviously anything that falls at night will be snow and could stick.

The main message here is: the roads will be icy whether we get snow or not, so take it easy out there!

Long range models begin a moderating trend with rain entering the picture by Wednesday. In fact, next weekend could be quite mild and pleasant. I’ll do a more thorough “Long Range Thoughts” post tomorrow.

Stay warm and safe!

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather

P.S. Cliff Mass, respected UW Atmospheric Sciences Professor, weekly KOUW radio guest, and author of “The Weather of the Pacific Northwest” will be at the Eagle Harbor Book Company which is located at 157 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, a short walk from the Seattle Ferry. This event will be on Sunday, March 15th, 2009 and is a multi-media event explaining the intricacies of Pacific Northwest weather and there will be a question and answer period after the presentation. The event is free and open to the public so if you have some extra time Sunday, go check it out!

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