Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Forecasting Kitsap


Whew! It’s a crazy one out there in Silverdale. Personally, shopping, especially in clothing stores, is one of the most painful experiences of my life. I think slicing my thumb open and getting stitches a couple years ago was a little more thrilling than trotting around Macy’s looking for the best deals. Excluding my dad, I am the only boy in the family with three sisters and a mother who love clothes shopping. I will never understand, but perhaps I’m not meant to.

Anyway, today is the first official day of winter!…and the shortest day of the year. Starting tomorrow, we’ll be holding on to daylight longer every day until June 21st. Wouldn’t some snow add a little bit of sentimental value? For some folks in Western WA, classical sloppy Northwest snow is looking like a pretty good possibility tonight into tomorrow morning as a convergence zone forms to our north, but for the rest of us rain will continue to taper off through the evening.

Some modified cold air from the north is spilling into the region, thus dropping snow levels and temperatures from late tonight through Christmas Eve. This will be a dry cold so snow showers don’t look likely, but I would be surprised if a modified “arctic boundary” set off some surprise snow showers.

We remain pretty chilly and dry through the holiday week/weekend with the next threat of precipitation arriving Monday.

While Christmas Eve/Day look dry and mostly sunny, there will be periods of fog/low cloud cover. I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see some of those low clouds stubbornly hold on to the area all day. This would mean much colder daytime highs and a much gloomier scene outside. I’ll keep tabs on this.

I’m leaving early tomorrow for Salt Lake City where a snowstorm that could dump as much as 10” is expected by late tomorrow night, so as exciting as that sounds, I hope we can make it down there before the bulk of the precip arrives!

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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