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Western Washington Forecast

Quiet and cold tonight with lowland snow arriving late Tuesday through Wednesday bringing accumulations. Periods of rain & snow linger into the weekend.

PUGET SOUND FORECAST

Any lingering rain or snow showers should die off tonight, with mainly cloudy skies ahead.  Lows will drop to the upper 20s and lower 30s with southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph.  Tuesday starts off dry before seeing snow arrive by the afternoon before switching over to rain later on that night.  Locations near and around Tacoma will see mostly rain.  Highs will reach the upper 30s to lower 40s.   

DISCUSSION

Tuesday: A stronger system arrives Tuesday afternoon, bringing more moisture. Highest chances for low-level snow are Tuesday night into Wednesday, with snow possible near sea level in some areas. At this point, if there is any accumulation at sea level around Puget Sound, it will be minimal, mainly a trace to 2 inches of wet snow. Accumulations could be greater on the Kitsap Peninsula, near the Hood Canal, and along the Hood Canal.

Wednesday: By Wednesday afternoon, low-levels will transition to rain. At the passes, though another foot of snow is possible in the Tuesday to Wednesday range.

Thursday-Friday: Thursday may start with rain/snow showers but high pressure will build into the state mostly decreasing and ending the snow showers. Skies should clear to mostly sunny by later on Thursday and the sun should continue through into Friday, with more chances of rain and snow heading in late Friday afternoon.  It will be cold with daytime highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s.  

Saturday-Monday: Our pattern of light rain and snow will linger through the weekend, with Saturday staying cold as rain/snow showers fall generally during the morning.  Sunday will be a drier day with partly sunny skies.  Monday will bring back more rain and snow showers.   Accumulations will be minor yet again over this stretch with highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

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