Monthly Archives: February 2014

**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY issued for entire peninsula

WWA 2 2-8-2014


It’s here, folks! The first REAL snow of the season. A lot of you have expressed that it has taken long enough, but at least it got here.

This won’t be a tremendously heavy snow for our region since most of the heavy precipitation will stay to our east:

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Snow will continue through the night and taper off early Sunday morning. This is a slushy snow, and no ice is expected, so travel should become easier by late Sunday morning for most areas.

Light rain continues into early next week.

Be safe and send in pictures if you can!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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Snow looking likely tonight into Sunday

I’ve been updating my Facebook page more than my blog lately because it’s quicker, so if you haven’t already liked the Kitsap Weather page, please do so!

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According to radar (as of 3:30 pm), we have a big plume of moisture moving to the north east and just mere hours away from hitting the central sound:

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Chances are most of Kitsap will end up with anywhere from a trace to 2″ of snow with this band. Snow showers could linger into the morning hours Sunday before turning to scattered light rain showers.

Question: if it’s 36 degrees outside right now, how can it snow? Usually temperatures as mild as the mid 30s means a cold rain, but if moisture is heavy enough it can actually draw out colder air and sink the temperature to freezing or near freezing levels. This is called evaporative cooling and work similarly to how we produce sweat to cool off in the summer.

So keep your eyes to the sky and send in pictures if you have them! Also, stay tuned to updates as they come.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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Very cold weather and possibly some snow this week

February isn’t usually a month filled with snowy possibilities, but this year could potentially prove otherwise as a very cold air mass from Canada is spilling into the Puget Sound basin as we speak, setting the stage for a pretty messy wintry transitional period this weekend.

First, let’s talk temperatures. It’s going to get wickedly cold around here, at least by Northwest standards. Take a look at surface temperatures Wednesday morning at around 7:00 am (darker purple is low 20s, lighter purple is mid teens):

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Alas, there isn’t a warm spot to be found in the Northwest. Literally every community in Washington State will be caught anywhere between the single digits to low 20s Wednesday morning.

But somewhat surprisingly, we don’t move a whole lot in the temperature department throughout the day. Here are afternoon high temperatures at 4:00 PM Wednesday (dark blue represents temperatures in the mid to upper 20s):

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Although this model may be overdoing it in the cold department, it is reasonable to suppose high temperatures may struggle to reach freezing over the next couple of days as that cold Canadian air becomes fully entrenched.

But of course most of you are wondering about the snow. It’s been hard to get a decent snow around here, especially since very few of our cold snaps this year have ended with precipitation. However, much of the peninsula stands a chance of seeing at least some snow Saturday night into Sunday before that mild marine influence rains on our parade:

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What you are seeing is about 1/2-1″ of snow for much of the peninsula, with perhaps as much as 2″ closer to Mason County. These snow totals have been all over the place, though, with one model advertising nearly 4″ near the Hood Canal. At this point, I believe it is safe to say that seeing some snowflakes this weekend is a good bet, but just how much is still up in the air.

The long range looks pretty seasonable at this point, with high temperatures getting closer to 50 degrees by early next week.

Enjoy the cold and dry weather if you can! Stay tuned to the Forecasting Kitsap blog for more updates as they come.

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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