NOAA: 6-18″ of Snowfall Forecast Today & Tomorrow in Washington

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image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for southern Washington and a Winter Weather Advisory for northern Washington today and tomorrow.

“A vigorous frontal system will bring snow to the mountains through late tonight and rain to the lowlands.” – NOAA Seattle, WA today

10-18″ of snowfall is forecast is southern Washington (Crystal Mountain) and 6-12″ of snow is forecast in northern Washington (Mt. Baker ski area) with snowfall rates up to 1″ per hour.

* ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 18 INCHES ARE LIKELY. SNOWFALL RATES OF
  UP TO ONE INCH PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE AT TIMES TONIGHT. 
  - NOAA Seattle, WA today
Snow levels for Crystal Mountain, WA. image: noaa, today
Snow levels for Crystal Mountain, WA. image: noaa, today

Snow levels will be between 4,000 & 4,500-feet in northern Washigton and around 4,500-feet in southern Washington with this storm.

* SNOW LEVELS...AROUND 4500 FEET. - NOAA Seattle, WA today

This storm looks best for Crystal Mountain ski resort as Crystal lives between 4,000 & 7,000-feet and will be mostly above the snow line. 

Mt. Baker ski area is forecast to be mostly below the snow line as they live between 3,000 & 5,000-feet.  Mt. Baker ski area has the deepest snowpack in North America.

stock image of Drew Tabke at Crystal Mountain, WA.  photo:  Liam Doran
stock image of Drew Tabke at Crystal Mountain, WA. photo: Liam Doran

WINTER STORM WARNING for WASHINGTON:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
852 AM PST TUE JAN 12 2016
CASCADES OF PIERCE AND LEWIS COUNTIES-

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM
PST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 10 AM PST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 18 INCHES ARE LIKELY. SNOWFALL RATES OF
  UP TO ONE INCH PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE AT TIMES TONIGHT.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE LATE THIS AFTERNOON...THEN
  TRANSITION TO SNOW SHOWERS WEDNESDAY.

* SNOW LEVELS...AROUND 4500 FEET.

* MAIN IMPACTS...SNOW COVERED OR SLIPPERY ROADS AS WELL AS REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES AT TIMES.
Snowpack depth looking good in Washington right now. Deepest in North America right now in northern Washington. image: nwc, today
Snowpack depth looking good in Washington right now. Deepest in North America right now in northern Washington. image: nwc, today

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for WASHINGTON:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
852 AM PST TUE JAN 12 2016

CASCADES OF WHATCOM AND SKAGIT COUNTIES-
CASCADES OF SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTIES-

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
10 AM PST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON
TO 10 AM PST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 12 INCHES ARE LIKELY. A FEW HOURS OF
  FREEZING RAIN IS ALSO POSSIBLE IN THE PASSES LATE TONIGHT.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE LATE THIS AFTERNOON...THEN
  TRANSITION TO SNOW SHOWERS WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* SNOW LEVELS...4000 TO 4500 FEET...EXCEPT NEAR THE SURFACE IN THE
  PASSES THROUGH TONIGHT.

* MAIN IMPACTS...SNOW COVERED OR SLIPPERY ROADS AS WELL AS REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES AT TIMES.

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