WEST SEATTLE SNOW? Here are the newest predictions

(Seasonally garbed gargoyle on 36th SW – photo sent by Paul Winters)

All eyes are on the forecast, wondering if we really might see serious snow by Valentine’s Day. Mid-afternoon always brings a new round of forecasts, and here’s what they are predicting now. The National Weather Service, in its latest “forecast discussion,” says:

Models are starting to converge on the next weather system slated to arrive on Thursday with a surface low potentially making landfall near the mouth of the Columbia late Thursday night. This is the “sweet spot” for a surface low to move onshore in terms ofsnow. With plenty of cold air in place and low dewpoints initially, significant accumulating snowfall looks like a good bet…especially for areas south and west of Seattle. Between midday Thursday and midday Friday, 3 to 8 inches of snow look likely from Pierce County southward and over by Hood Canal with lighter amounts elsewhere.

There may be something of “lull” in snowfall Friday afternoon before another system arrives late Friday night and Saturday. And this one could be quite significant with snowfall.

One of our area’s best-known independent weather analysts, Cliff Mass, is a little less restrained. Among other points, his newest update says one model suggests Seattle COULD see a foot and a half of snow by late Monday. But he too stresses that the outlook could change. So don’t go panic-buy just yet. Do refresh your memory on dealing with weather-related problems – SDOT has transportation-related info, and City Light has outage advice, for starters. And commenter Suzanne has advice about preparing your plants.

16 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SNOW? Here are the newest predictions"

  • anonyme February 9, 2021 (4:59 pm)


  • reed February 9, 2021 (5:02 pm)

    “One of our area’s best-known independent weather analysts, Cliff Mass, is a little less restrained. Among other points, his newest update says one model suggests Seattle COULD see a foot and a half of snow by late Monday.”Time for panic to ensue with the usual run on on eggs, milk, bread and TP at all grocery stores. I personally welcome a good dump and hope we get enough for XC skiing like we did 2017.

    • Cat Mom February 9, 2021 (5:16 pm)

      Knee Deep!

    • Nathan February 10, 2021 (2:44 am)

      Cliff Mass is a POS. Why on Earth are people even listening to anything he has to say at this point? There are plenty of places to get the weather forecast wrong than that creep.I don’t trust people or institutions that promote that odious man.

      • Ron Swanson February 10, 2021 (12:43 pm)

        Oh no! Someone has different political beliefs than I do! Off to rage in the comments about what a POS they are…

      • Clayton February 10, 2021 (4:54 pm)

        “Cliff Mass is a POS”, Wow, Nathan, you are so enlightened.
        I do not know Cliff Mass but I understand why he was fired and do not disagree with his employer for doing it.
        However, it was a personal blog not related to his work and his comments were removed when he realized how inflamitory it was to many.
        He is an expert on weather even if he is not an expert on comparing current protests to past history. Since he lost his job I suspect he got the point.
        I may not like his opinion, and I do think it was a terrible comparison, but that does not make him a POS in my opinion.

      • Susan February 11, 2021 (4:18 am)

        Thanks I looked into the Cliff Mass story and like him even more now. Finally someone telling it as it is around here.

  • bluejay February 9, 2021 (5:34 pm)

    Could see a foot and a half? Yay!

    Pretty sure I hoped this into reality

  • Cat Mom February 9, 2021 (5:55 pm)

    Knee deep!

  • Rob February 9, 2021 (6:28 pm)

    Bring it! Give all these kids something to do!

  • Alayna February 9, 2021 (8:09 pm)

    Eek. I don’t know if my almost-flat roof could handle that!

  • trickycoolj February 9, 2021 (10:23 pm)

    In addition to the linked plant advice if we get a significant amount of snow or wet heavy snow don’t forget to knock it off your shrubs and bushes. My bushes have only just finally evened out the damage from the Feb 2019 snow that broke off big branches due to the heavy snowfall. 

  • anonyme February 10, 2021 (6:08 am)

    Blue Jay, love your video!  Crows are hilariously smart.  If they poop on your head, it’s not an accident; that sound you hear is crow laughter.

    • bluejay February 11, 2021 (12:03 am)

      Thanks anonyme! Glad I’m not the only bird nerd here ;) And haha, I could see crows creating such mischief and laughing, clever birds indeed.

      Kind of amazing that with all the birds in the sky, people don’t get pooped on more. Let’s not have the birds turn on us humans, can you imagine the sh** fest?!

  • Theresa Greene February 10, 2021 (8:46 am)

    This city is not equipped to handle that amount of snow.They’ll need to step up their game big time.  I’m not optimistic 

    • reed February 10, 2021 (11:33 am)

      Nor should they be, given the little amount of snowfall that we get. It will be funny to watch all the “SDOT is incompetent and misspends money on worthless projects” chest thumpers that regularly comment on here hypocritically change their tune and demand the city spend millions on snow removal equipment when we get a few inches of snow.

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