NOAA: Heavy Snow On Tap For Washington | Up To 3 FEET of Snow In The Mountains Wednesday Afternoon – Thursday Evening

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
BLUE= Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Washington. It’s in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Evening. Heavy snowfall is expected to hit the mountains, with light-to-moderate precipitation impacting the valleys.

Up To 3 FEET of Snow In The Mountains Wednesday Afternoon – Thursday Evening.

7 day snowfall totals. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

Heavy snowfall is expected to occur in the mountains, but light-to-moderate snowfall is forecasted to occur above 2,000ft. 

Additional Storm Info:

Areas of snow. Image: NOAA Spokane, WA
Storm totals. Image: NOAA Spokane, WA

Washington: Up To 3 FEET of Snow In The Mountains Wednesday Afternoon – Thursday Evening

* Total snow accumulations of 4 to locally 10 inches in
  the valleys, with mountain accumulations up to 3 feet.
- NOAA Spokane, WA
Weekly outlook. Image: NOAA Spokane, WA
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

WA Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Spokane WA
332 AM PST Tue Feb 27 2018

...Heavy snow possible Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday
Evening...

.A moist and slow moving storm system will envelop the region on
Wednesday and continue through Thursday evening. The Cascades and
the mountains of northeast Washington and north Idaho will
probably receive heavy snow accumulations making travel very
difficult across area passes. Precipitation in the valleys of
these regions will receive varying amounts of snow accumulation
and precipitation may fluctuate between rain and snow depending on
the time of day. Moderate to locally heavy snow accumulations are
possible in the valleys during the overnight and early morning
hours...while rain or mixed precipitation will turn snow into
heavy slush during the afternoons and early evenings making travel
difficult.

Northern Panhandle-Northeast Mountains-Okanogan Highlands-
East Slopes Northern Cascades-
Including the following locations Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry,
Priest River, Eastport, Schweitzer Mountain Road, Colville,
Northport, Deer Park, Chewelah, Newport, Kettle Falls,
Springdale-Hunters Road, Orin-Rice Road, Flowery Trail Road,
Republic, Inchelium, Wauconda, Chesaw Road,
Highway 20 Wauconda Summit, Boulder Creek Road, Sherman Pass,
Leavenworth, Mazama, Twisp, Winthrop, Stehekin, Conconully,
Blewett Pass, and Loup Loup Pass

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
THURSDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...Heavy mountain snow and valley mixed precipitation
  possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to locally 10 inches in
  the valleys, with mountain accumulations up to 3 feet.

* WHERE...Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Eastport,
  Schweitzer Mountain Road, Colville, Northport, Deer Park,
  Chewelah, Newport, Kettle Falls, Springdale-Hunters Road, Orin-
   Rice Road, Flowery Trail Road, Republic, Inchelium, Wauconda,
  Chesaw Road, Highway 20 Wauconda Summit, Boulder Creek Road,
  Sherman Pass, Leavenworth, Mazama, Twisp, Winthrop, Stehekin,
  Conconully, Blewett Pass, and Loup Loup Pass.

* WHEN...From Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions.
  Significant reductions in visibility are possible. Heavy wet
  snow may break tree branches and lead to scattered power
  outages.

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