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Rain in the Lowlands, a Winter Storm in the Mountains

October 26th, 2009 by Matthew Leach

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

Questions? Comments? E-mail me at: forecastingkitsap@live.com

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10 Responses to “Rain in the Lowlands, a Winter Storm in the Mountains”

  1. Colleen Smidt Says:

    Hey Matt,

    I consider you to be the Kitsap Sun number one weather reporter. That means the rest of them (Sun Staff) should leave the weather reporting to you (smile) because frankly they are just not as good at it and not nearly as entertaining.

    Chris Henry was the latest member of the club to wander onto what I consider to be your turf. That did not work out so well for her, here….

    http://pugetsoundblogs.com/south-kitsap/2009/10/26/are-you-experiencing-flooding/

    A couple of weeks ago it was Ed Friedrich…

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/oct/13/weather-shifts-from-sunny-and-brisk-to-wet-and/

    Both excellent reporters that I enjoy but still rank amateurs in forecasting when compared to your extensive weather knowledge. I just wanted to let you know that I will be sticking strictly with you when it comes to reading about weather and forecasting around here (Sun website).

    Thanks!

  2. Matthew Leach Says:

    Well thank you! That’s a high compliment. I’m glad you’ve found this blog useful for all your weather needs! It seems when the Sun highlights weather stories, they rarely mention my blog but…that’s OK. I suppose when they have a choice between the National Weather Service and some kid writing a weather blog on their site, they go with the most years behind their name ;)

    I just have a passion and enjoy writing about weather and hope others feel the same way when they read this blog!

    Thanks for the comment,

    Matt

  3. Matt C. Says:

    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/cccam.aspx?cam=5012 stevens pass got a nice helping of snow today but matt out here on the eastside tonight there have been some big booming thunderstorms roling from sammamish down to snoqualmie pass

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