Merry Christmas! And some snow totals


Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day. Just a brief update this evening.

I received a flurry of text messages this morning (no pun intended) and Facebook notifications about how it was raining instead of snowing! Naturally my heart fell to the ground as I thought about all the kids (and adults!) who were expecting a White Christmas.

As you know, snow forecasts are incredibly difficult, and the pressure is especially intense when a major holiday such as Christmas is involved. Well, the snow DID come, although a bit later than expected, and you were gracious enough to put down your pitchforks and throw water on your torches 😉 But all jokes aside, I was definitely relieved to hear that the snow showed up and am happy so many of you took advantage of it and had some fun. I am currently in Idaho and would have been unsure how much we received and when if it wasn’t for you!

Things went generally as planned: 5+” along the Hood Canal, 1-4” in Central/South Kitsap, and a trace to just plain cold rain for North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island. Here are some unofficial snow amounts reported from Forecasting Kitsap blog readers, Kitsap Sun readers, and friends as of 5 PM:

  • Seabeck: 7”
  • Crosby: 5”
  • Silverdale: 3”
  • Poulsbo: 3”
  • Bremerton: 2”
  • Port Orchard: 1”

Any other towns with corresponding accumulation totals you’d like me to add to the list?

Of course, amounts within cities and towns varied according to elevation. Overall, most locations saw snow, even if it was for a short amount of time, and it turned to rain by the afternoon. Ah, but we knew that would happen. This is Western Washington after all :)

Stay tuned for Christmas snow pictures in a couple days! If you haven’t sent them in, please do! My e-mail is:

Have a great evening,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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