And we’re not out of the woods, yet. Here are 5 things you should know about South Sound’s mini Snowmageddon:
1. More of the white stuff is on the way.
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 7 a.m. Thursday for parts of Western Washington, including the Hood Canal area, lower Chehalis Valley area and the cities of Olympia, Shelton, and McCleary.
“We’re looking at accumulations of anywhere between 1 and 2 inches (of snow),” said Kirby Cook, the science and operations officer for National Weather Service in Seattle.“We’re expecting that to settle down further south overnight, so places especially kind of west of the I-5 corridor and southward are under a winter weather advisory. You can kind of (expect snow) west of Puget Sound and south, including the Olympia area.”
2. It been really cold — like “What is this, Alaska?” cold.
The air over the entire state is “unusually cold” for this time of year, University of Washington professor Cliff Mass wrote on his weather blog.
And it’s been especially chilly in Olympia.
“Today’s low of 13 so far in Olympia, Washington, breaks the record of 18 previously set in 1957,” the National Weather Service tweeted on Wednesday morning. “Olympia has the distinction of being colder than any location on Alaska’s Arctic Coast and North Slope this morning.”
3. There’s a good reason the only thing people want to talk about is the weather.
Let’s be honest: We don’t know what to make of it.
“I would say anytime that we get snow, it’s not typical, but it’s not unusual either,” Cook said. “We don’t get a lot of lowland snow, maybe one or two times a year. …It’s probably a little more rare, but it’s not unheard of.”
4. Keep those scarves and mittens handy.
The forecast the Olympia area calls for a low around 25 degrees overnight Wednesday and up to an inch of new snow accumulation. And there’s a 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11 a.m. Thursday.
On Thursday night, the forecast calls for a partly cloudy with a low around 23 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent, but little or no snow is expected.
5. British Columbia is sending more neighborly love – in the form of wet wintry weather – for the weekend.
“We could see a mix of precipitation with that system,” Cook said
The weekend forecast calls for rain and snow likely on Friday with a high near 40 degrees, cloudy and rain likely on Saturday with a high near 42 degrees and showers likely on Sunday with a high near 41 degrees.
“We dry out for early next week but long range forecasts maintain cooler than normal conditions through next week as well so snow chances are not done for a while,” wrote KOMO meteorologist Scott Sistek.