Special Weather Statement Statement as of 3:15 PM PST on December 8, 2008
... Much colder weather is expected this weekend...
A major change will occur in the large scale pattern near the end of
this week... bringing much colder weather to western Washington over
The transition will get underway Friday or Friday night... as a cold
front and its upper trough swing southeast from the Gulf of Alaska
across the Pacific northwest. In the wake of the cold front... colder
air will move from southwest Canada into western Washington over the
We can expect temperatures to fall below freezing... at least during
the night and morning hours... across most of western Washington this
weekend and early next week. People should be ready for weather that
is cold enough to cause icy roads... burst outdoor pipes... and
The trough will bring some much needed snow to the Cascades and
Olympic Mountains Friday and Friday night... followed by scattered
snow showers over the weekend.
There is also a possibility of snowfall across the western
Washington lowlands... perhaps as early as Friday night... but it is
too early to say with any confidence whether or not this will occur.
Western Washington residents should keep informed of the latest
National Weather Service forecasts and statements as this situation
unfolds by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or visiting our web Page
at weather.Gov/Seattle (all lowercase