Monday, January 16, 2012

Seattle Sled

Seattle is not accustomed to snow...and with its hills and terrain throughout the city driving in any snow makes for something that makes our snow events in Philadelphia look rather pedestrian in comparison.   The video above is from yesterday and captures two inches of snow and how Seattlites slid around town, struggled to put chains on their tires, and spun their wheels while appreciating their first snow of note this winter season.

They're not done with it either as not one, but two winter storm watches are out for the Puget Sound for the next 48 hours.  A strong cold core low aloft and some arctic air (yes, it's cold somewhere in North America) has been bringing colder than average weather to the Pacific Northwest the past couple of days, with snow showers that occasionally flare up in intensity as a pair of disturbances track around the upper trough.

Snowfall potentially could end up among the five largest in Seattle recorded history and their largest since November 1985.  Accumulations from the next wave (tonight/tomorrow) could end up reaching six inches, with another half foot possible from the second wave on Wednesday.