Puget Sound highs are only getting into the mid to upper 40s this weekend, which is the average high temperature for December and January. Winds from the north on Saturday also made it feel colder.
The winds will ease overnight into Sunday, but the cold air will settle and bring the first widespread frost of the season as overnight lows will drop into the low to mid-30s Sunday and Monday mornings.
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This comes after the first significant snowfall hit the Cascade Mountains on Friday. Snow levels dropped back down to about 2,000 feet Friday night after being around 4,000 feet from Snoqualmie Pass northward and 5,000 feet to the south.
Snow totals Friday evening showed Snoqualmie Pass got about two inches, Stevens Pass got six inches, and Washington Pass got seven inches.
Travelers across the northern mountain passes were impacted by the snowfall. For the first time this season, chains were required on Stevens Pass.
Drivers on Snoqualmie and White passes dealt with rain.
Washington remains on track for a La Niña winter with a greater likelihood of colder, wetter conditions, according to an October forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
La Niña is associated with above-normal rainfall for western Washington and in some years below normal temperatures. The winter correlation with cooler than normal temperatures isn't as strong as it is to above normal rainfall. But usually, it is good news for skiers and snowboarders.
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