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  Special Weather Statement

A vigorous cold front will move through Western Washington during the day Friday, Nov. 11. The storm may bring gale force winds over some of the inland waters and heavy snow into the mountains. When traveling, be prepared for winds, rain and snow (depending on where you're going).

The most recent weather statement from Seattle National Weather Service, dated 11/8/11 at 4:12 p.m., reads:

1. STRONG GALES ARE LIKELY AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS ARE POSSIBLE
IN THE NORTHWEST INTERIOR OF WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
AND NIGHT.

GALES OF 30 TO 40 KNOTS WILL DEVELOP IN THE CENTRAL STRAIT OF JUAN
DE FUCA...EAST ENTRANCE TO THE STRAIT...ADMIRALTY INLET...AND
NORTHERN INLAND WATERS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE FRIDAY NIGHT.
WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH ARE LIKELY ALONG SOME OF THE LAND AREAS
ADJACENT TO THESE WATERS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS WHIDBEY ISLAND AND
WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY...WHICH COULD CAUSE LOCAL DAMAGE OR POWER
OUTAGES.

2.  LOCAL COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE LATE FRIDAY OR FRIDAY NIGHT
IN THE NORTHWEST INTERIOR OF WESTERN WASHINGTON...

THE GALE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT WILL
PRODUCE WAVES AS HIGH AS 6 TO 9 FEET. THESE WAVES COULD COINCIDE
WITH THE HIGH TIDE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND PRODUCE LOCAL COASTAL
FLOODING OVER PORTIONS OF THE INLAND WATERS OF THE NORTH INTERIOR
AND NORTHERN PUGET SOUND AREAS.

3. COOL WEATHER WILL BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS
BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND...

SNOW WILL FALL AT TIMES IN THE MOUNTAINS BEGINNING FRIDAY AND
CONTINUING OFF AND ON INTO NEXT WEEK. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL FALL
RAPIDLY FROM AROUND 5000 FEET ON FRIDAY TO AROUND 2500 FEET
SATURDAY...AND THEN STAY AROUND THAT LEVEL FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS.
A SERIES OF WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL BRING SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS
DURING THIS PERIOD.

MODELS DO NOT SHOW HEAVY SNOW ASSOCIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR
SYSTEM. BUT THE SNOW WILL SLOWLY PILE UP. BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT
WEEK AT LEAST A FEW FEET OF NEW SNOW IS LIKELY TO HAVE FALLEN AT
HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE BELOW PASS LEVEL MOST OF THE TIME SO THE
PASSES WILL RECEIVE SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW FROM TIME TO TIME.
TRAVEL IS LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED



 

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