Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Juicy Snowstorm Hits Western Washington Today & Tomorrow

The Skagit Valley Herald's Juicy Storm Report
I am currently snow-free in Texas missing what appears to already be the worst snowstorm of the new century in the Puget Sound lowlands of Washington.

I heard from Betty Jo Bouvier, in Sedro Woolley, this morning, telling me the snow was already deep, with the Sedro Woolley school district on a two hour delay, with instructions to stay tuned for changing conditions.

Within the two hour delay the Sedro Woolley school district cancelled classes, going into Snow Day mode.

I suspect much of Western Washington is in Snow Day mode today.

Danny Mercer, a National Weather Service meteorologist said, "It's a juicy storm. It's not going to be hit and miss. It's going to be filling in everywhere, picking up and being quite heavy everywhere.

It appears this storm has the potential to be of epic historical proportions not seen in Western Washington in a long time.

The mountains are expected to get a couple feet of new snow today, with another foot on Wednesday.

With deep snow piled up on the lowlands and deeper snow in the mountains, if a Banana Express Tropical Storm blows in, with a rapid melt, like has happened before, really bad flooding could be the result.

This storm is also bringing strong winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, which will cause snow drifts. I have seen amazingly big snow drifts in northern Whatcom County, but never very tall snow drifts in the county to the south of Whatcom, that being Skagit County.