Olympia, Washington

This is the rare situation where we head to a location when they are about to see a round of nasty weather. Usually, we get there when it’s just finished.

At 954PM, PT, Olympia was reporting a temperature of 26 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The first round of nasty weather with the latest system is through as surface low pressure has sunk from western Washington to northern California where it will melt away in the presence of a strong upper level ridge. The pattern is still quite active as the polar jet is encouraging progressive activity from the typical low in the Gulf of Alaska.
The next round is coming tomorrow evening, with the development of a small area of low pressure near Vancouver Island. That low will start bringing precipitation to the Puget Sound area while it is reinforced by a trough diving southeast from the Gulf of Alaska. Surface low pressure will deepen just off shore through the day, pumping more and more moisture into the area. Precipitation will be at its heaviest on Monday night.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds, with snow late in the afternoon to evening. High 34, Low 18
Monday – Snow through the day, heavy and wet. Storrm total 7-10″. High 34, Low 27

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy with a mix of rain and snow later in the day High 37, Low 13
Monday – Cloudy with snow. High 35, Low 28

AW: Tomorrow -Mainly cloudy, cold; a little accumulation of snow late in the afternoon High 35, Low 13
Monday – Cloudy, cold; afternoon snow of varying intensity, 1-3″; untreated surfaces will be slippery High 36, Low 25

NWS: Tomorrow – Snow, mainly after 4pm. High 34, Low 14
Monday – Snow before 4pm, then snow, possibly mixed with rain. High 35, Low 25

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, a chance of snow in the afternoon, High 34, Low 12
Monday – Snow likely in the morning, then rain and snow in the afternoon. High 35, Low 28

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with snow, High 34, Low 19
Monday – Cloudy with a light wintry mix, High 35, Low 25

FIO: Tomorrow – Snow (1–2 in.) starting in the evening. High 37, Low 16
Monday – Snow (3–6 in.) starting in the morning.High 33, Low 26

That’s a lot of snow for a low lying city on the West Coast. Western Washington just had a bunch of snow last week, so they are likely near their wit’s end. Here, radar shows some flurries on the way south and out of the Puget Sound, giving us the current break.

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