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  Vigorous Frontal System Arrives Wednesday

The weather will be changing quickly during the rest of the week. A vigourous frontal system will bring windy conditions to most of western Washington Wednesday. According to a statement released today by the National Weather Service, a warm front will bring winds to the lowlands and possible snow into the passes Wednesday. The front will be met by easterly winds Thursday which will drop the freezing level to 2,000 feet. Friday evening, the freezing level will drop to 1,200 and then 600 feet. Driving conditions will be changing during these times. Be prepared.

The statement reads:

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
150 AM PST TUE NOV 15 2011

WAZ001-503>519-160030-
SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-
EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-
EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-
ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-
OLYMPICS-EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-
WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-
WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-
WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-
150 AM PST TUE NOV 15 2011

...A VIGOROUS FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BRING WINDY CONDITIONS TO MOST
OF WESTERN WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

...A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE IN THE PASSES
WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS...

A VIGOROUS WARM FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON ON
WEDNESDAY. THE FRONT IS LIKELY TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY WINDY
CONDITIONS ALONG THE COAST AND ALSO ACROSS MOST OF THE INTERIOR.
AT THIS TIME...THE LATEST FORECAST MODELS INDICATE GALE FORCE
WINDS ARE LIKELY ACROSS THE COASTAL WATERS AND ALL INLAND WATERS
INCLUDING PUGET SOUND. IT WILL ALSO BE WINDY ALONG THE COASTAL
LAND AREAS AND MUCH OF THE INTERIOR. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE
LIKELY ALONG THE COAST...THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA...AND ALSO
FROM THE ADMIRALTY INLET AREA NORTHWARD THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.
SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH CAN
BE EXPECTED IN THESE AREAS. FURTHER SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE GREATER
PUGET SOUND REGION AND SOUTHWEST INTERIOR SOUTH WINDS MAY REACH 20
TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS POSSIBLE. THIS IS ALSO THE TYPE OF
PATTERN THAT CAN PRODUCE LOCALLY STRONGER WINDS IN THE LAKE
LAWRENCE AREA.

THIS STORM STORM SYSTEM IS ALSO EXPECTED TO PRODUCE MOUNTAIN SNOW
AND A MIXED BAG OF PRECIPITATION IN THE PASSES. WHILE
PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AS SNOW WEDNESDAY MORNING DOWN
TO 2000 FEET...THE MAIN SNOW LEVEL WILL RISE TO AROUND 5000
DURING THE AFTERNOON ONCE THE WARM FRONT ARRIVES. HOWEVER...COLD
EAST WINDS THROUGH THE PASSES WILL ALLOW FOR A MIX OF
SNOW...SLEET...OR FREEZING RAIN TO FALL. THIS WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS IN THE PASSES. COLDER AIR IS EXPECTED TO INVADE
WESTERN WASHINGTON LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY CAUSING SNOW
LEVELS TO FALL BACK TO BELOW 2000 FEET. THIS MEANS PRECIPITATION
WILL FALL AS ALL SNOW BY THAT TIME. SNOW AMOUNTS REMAIN UNCERTAIN
AT THIS TIME BUT OVER A FOOT OF SNOW APPEARS LIKELY ABOVE 5000
FEET THROUGH THURSDAY. ACCUMULATING SNOW IS LIKELY IN THE PASSES
LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY WITH AT LEAST 6 INCHES EXPECTED. 





 

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