NOAA: Winter Storm Watch for Washington | 12-18″ of Snow Forecast / 2,500′ Snow Levels

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No ski resorts have opened up yet in Washington nor Oregon but this storm might change all that. Our most aggressive guess is that Crystal Mountain might even open up this weekend if this storm hits as hard as forecast.
No ski resorts have opened up yet in Washington nor Oregon but this storm might change all that. Our most aggressive guess is that Crystal Mountain might even open up this weekend if this storm hits as hard as forecast.

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Washington state today that is calling for 12-18″ of snow above 3,500-feet.  Most Washington ski resorts have base areas right around 3,500-feet, so this storm is perfect.

“Winter Storm Watch in effect for the mountains Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon. New snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches possible above about 3500 feet.” – NOAA Seattle, WA today

Pin = Mt. Baker ski area. BLUE = Winter Storm Watch for WA and OR for Tues-Thurs this week.
Pin = Mt. Baker ski area. BLUE = Winter Storm Watch for WA and OR for Tues-Thurs this week.

NOAA is calling for 12-18″ of snow above 3,500-feet.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...NEW SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 18 INCHES
  POSSIBLE ABOVE ABOUT 3500 FEET. - NOAA Seattle, WA today

This storm is forecast to be very cold with snow levels down as low as 2,500-feet.

* SNOW LEVEL...NEAR 4000 FEET TUESDAY NIGHT LOWERING TO 2500 TO
  3000 FEET BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. - NOAA Seattle, WA today
Winter Storm Warning for WA this week. image: noaa
Winter Storm Warning for WA this week showing Stevens Pass & Mt. Baker ski areas. image: noaa

No ski resorts have opened up yet in Washington nor Oregon but this storm might change all that.  Our most aggressive guess is that Crystal Mountain might even open up this weekend if this storm hits as hard as forecast.

High probability of snow in WA on Wed.
High probability of snow in WA on Wed.

WINTER STORM WATCH for WASHINGTON:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
402 AM PST MON NOV 9 2015


WAZ513-567>569-092015-
/O.NEW.KSEW.WS.A.0003.151111T0600Z-151112T0000Z/
OLYMPICS-CASCADES OF WHATCOM AND SKAGIT COUNTIES-
CASCADES OF SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTIES-
CASCADES OF PIERCE AND LEWIS COUNTIES-
402 AM PST MON NOV 9 2015

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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...MOUNT BAKER...HURRICANE RIDGE...
  PARADISE...STEVENS PASS...WHITE PASS...RAINY PASS...CHINOOK
  PASS.

* TIMING...TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

* SNOW LEVEL...NEAR 4000 FEET TUESDAY NIGHT LOWERING TO 2500 TO
  3000 FEET BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...NEW SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 18 INCHES
  POSSIBLE ABOVE ABOUT 3500 FEET.

* MAIN IMPACT...THIS WILL BE THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OF THE
  SEASON FOR THE LOWER PASSES. TRAVELERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR
  SLIPPERY ROADWAYS...POOR VISIBILITY...AND POSSIBLE TRAVEL
  DELAYS.


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