Daily Archives: October 26, 2009

Rain in the Lowlands, a Winter Storm in the Mountains

I suppose we can’t say this isn’t typical for October: cold, wet and gray weather to start (and end) our day, but it appears the mountains will be getting a good dumping of snow later today as a cold front breezes on through, causing the snow level to plummet to 3,000′ and piling a foot or more of snow from Snoqualmie to Stevens.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the mountain passes highlighting heavy snow and dicey travel conditions. In fact, the NWS is calling this the first significant snowstorm of the season which, in case you’re wondering, is pretty early this year. The mountains will go through a relative lull tomorrow and Wednesday before ramping up the snow again later this week.

Down here, we can expect the rain this morning to taper off to showers as most of our morning heavy rain (which added up to 0.36”!) has moved off to the east.

Tomorrow will feature light rain, a chilly breeze and highs in the upper 40s, so it will feel rather winter-like down here.

Wednesday will be pretty foggy in the morning with clouds continuing in the afternoon before more rain moves in for Thursday. I mentioned the possibility of a windstorm on this day, but it’s now looking more and more like a rain event vs a wind event. Still, stay tuned as the track of the storm system could still change. Highs will be a bit warmer in the low to mid 50s.

As far as Halloween is concerned, it doesn’t look too shabby. Perhaps some morning rain, otherwise seasonable with cloudy skies and highs in the low to mid 50s. All your trick-or-treat plans should skate by OK!

Have a great day,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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