Travelers face snowy passes Sunday, possible snow in lowlands Monday

Arctic front might also bring snow to lowlands area late Monday

lpemberton@theolympian.comNovember 29, 2013 

Last-minute holiday travelers could encounter a snowy drive through the Cascade passes this weekend.

“We’re looking at 6 to 12 inches of snow in the passes on Sunday evening or Sunday night,” said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Seattle. “If they can, they might want to come back Sunday morning.”

A front of arctic air from the interior of Canada is expected to come down through the Fraser Valley around Bellingham to the Puget Sound region, he said.

Precipitation also is expected, and if the timing is right, it could result in lowland snow, possibly even in Olympia, later in the day on Monday, Smith said.

“We’re probably looking at an inch or less,” he added.

Meantime, South Sound’s Black Friday shoppers might want to grab an umbrella as they head out the door. “We have a forecast high of nearly 50 degrees, and there’s a chance of rain,” Smith said.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 @Lisa_Pemberton

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