Winter Storm Warning for Washington Today & Tomorrow | 12-24″ of Snow Forecast in 24 Hours

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Pin = Crystal Mountain, WA. PINK = Winter Storm Warning. image: noaa, today
Pin = Crystal Mountain, WA. PINK = Winter Storm Warning. image: noaa, today

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Washington that is very plainly calling for 1-2 feet of new snow in a 24 hour period beginning today at 10am.  Mt. Baker ski area already has a 65-96″ snow base.

* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 2 FEET OF NEW SNOW IS EXPECTED. 
- NOAA Seattle, WA today
DARK RED = 95% chance of snow on Sunday-Monday. image: noaa, today
DARK RED = 95% chance of snow on Sunday-Monday. image: noaa, today

Snow levels look good with this storm.  NOAA is forecasting snow levels to start at 2,500-feet before rising to 3,500-feet, then dropping to 2,000-feet on Sunday.

* SNOW LEVEL...AROUND 2500 FEET THIS MORNING...BRIEFLY RISING TO
  AROUND 3500 FEET THIS EVENING...THEN FALLING TO 2000 FEET
  SUNDAY. - NOAA Seattle, WA today
Snow level forecast graph for Crystal Mountain ski resort, WA. All snow at Crystal this weekend.
Snow level forecast graph for Crystal Mountain ski resort, WA. All snow at Crystal this weekend as Crystal lives between 4,400′ and 7,000′.  image:  noaa, today

WINTER STORM WARNING for WASHINGTON:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
404 AM PST SAT DEC 12 2015

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

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO
10 AM PST SUNDAY...

* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 2 FEET OF NEW SNOW IS EXPECTED.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...MOUNT BAKER...STEVENS PASS...
  SNOQUALMIE PASS...PARADISE RANGER STATION...WHITE PASS.

* TIMING...HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL FROM LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH
  SUNDAY MORNING.

* SNOW LEVEL...AROUND 2500 FEET THIS MORNING...BRIEFLY RISING TO
  AROUND 3500 FEET THIS EVENING...THEN FALLING TO 2000 FEET
  SUNDAY.

* MAIN IMPACT...HEAVY SNOW WILL SLOW TRAFFIC OVER THE PASSES.
  GUSTY WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW MAY LIMIT VISIBILITY.

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