Snowy Week in Store for Northwest as Arctic Air, Pacific Storms Collide

Snowy Week in Store for Northwest as Arctic Air, Pacific Storms Collide

From Accuweather - As some residents of the northwestern United States are digging out from heavy snow and facing travel delays due to wintry weather, forecasters say a parade of storms and plenty of Arctic air will keep the hits coming this week.

The biggest storm of the bunch is slated to hit later this week, and it could trigger major winter storm conditions in lower elevations, including in Seattle and Portland.

A rather far south storm track into the Pacific coast will not only allow Arctic air to keep plunging across the Pacific Northwest, but it will also dip far enough to the south to douse much of California with rain and mountain snow this week.

None of the systems are expected to be blockbuster snow events like the double-barreled storm that immobilized travel in the Seattle area during February 2019 and unleashed 17.5 inches of snow at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. However, the Pacific storms are expected to bring rounds of wintry precipitation to many areas and may lead to their share of travel delays and hazards.

From Sunday to early Monday, a few inches of snow already fell on communities surrounding Lake Washington in western Washington. Between 6 and 10 inches of snow fell from Friday to Sunday in the Spokane, Washington, area.

The next storm in the series from the Pacific is forecast to move ashore later Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday.

Enough cold air is likely to linger to bring the potential for a few more inches of snow to low elevation and coastal areas of Washington and northwestern Oregon.

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