SEATTLE – Heads up if you plan on driving early Friday morning: Parts of Western Washington could be looking at some wintry weather including wet snowflakes and freezing rain.
What should prevent us from seeing much fall will be the very dry air currently in place. With that in mind, we are not anticipating much to fall, but it only takes a little freezing rain to turn roads and sidewalks slippery.
The Southwest Interior, especially south of Olympia, has the possibility for freezing rain late Thursday into Friday morning. Temperatures are forecast to dip just below freezing for parts of the region, according to KING 5 Meteorologist Ben Dery. The first wave (between 3-5 a.m.) should come as a rain/wet snow mix with possibly some light freezing rain initially. It will turn to all rain as warmer temperatures move in later in the morning. Drivers should watch for slick spots.
Chance of a mix of wet snow, freezing rain, and rain Olympia southward early Fri. AM. Limited impact N of Chehalis. pic.twitter.com/CyTIIZD69L— Rich Marriott (@rtmarriott) February 2, 2017
From Olympia northward, the air may just be too dry for much of anything to fall. However, we should see occasional light rain with a chance of a few wet snowflakes between 4-6 a.m., but no accumulations. Light rain and warming temps should take us through the rest of the morning.
One exception to all this may be Whatcom County where colder air flowing from the Fraser River Basin will be. The moisture arrives here by mid-morning Friday as a rain/snow mix before turning to rain in the afternoon. Some light accumulation of around an inch is possible here.
However, if you’re traveling south closer to Portland, it’s a different story. Portland could get hit with 2 to 4 inches of snow with colder air flowing from the Columbia River Gorge.
The weekend looks wet, but temps should be well into the 40s to near 50, so nothing but rain is expected.