Southern parts of the North Sound, primarily in Snohomish County, got a tease of light snow Thursday and Thursday night as flurries fell in the afternoon and evening. Other parts of the North Sound got little if any of the snow flurries.
A more significant snow event is on tap for this weekend starting tonight.
With cold air still feeding into the North Sound and Western Washington from the interior of Western Canada and east of the Cascades, the frigid air mass is in place. All that is missing is moisture to mix with the cold air and generate snow.
That source of moisture is just offshore and will spread onshore overnight tonight into Saturday. This snow event will be much more widespread and impactful. Lower elevations of the North Sound will likely get from 1 to 4 inches of snow with some locations perhaps more, while heading into the Cascades, between 6 and 11 inches are expected.
The snow should taper off Saturday afternoon and evening. Yet another Pacific weather system is forecast to spread more moisture inland Sunday for initially additional snow. The weather from this system looks to be messy though, meaning temperatures will also start to moderate and some of the snow may turn to rain in lower North Sound elevations with high temperatures approaching 40 degrees.
Monday will continue to see the slow warmup with high temperatures rising into the lower 40s in some locations and snow levels rising to near 1000 feet as milder onshore flow from the Pacific begins to spread into the region. By Tuesday, high temperatures will be up into the 40s and this snow event will be over.
The usual North Sound lowland snow season runs from mid-November to mid-March. It remains possible for more snow as we head into March, but the odds are dropping as each day has more daylight. This weekend’s snow may be the last opportunity of this winter season.
For those who enjoy snow in your backyard, this will be your weekend. If you do not need to be on the roads this weekend, the snow will offer a wonderful view from your home. If you do have to be out on the roads, prepare for winter weather driving conditions including tire chains and carry a shovel and kitty litter in case you get stuck. And watch for road crews as they work to clear snow off roadways.
For those who do not like snow, the warmup starts early next week and the snow will be short-lived. For the latest weather forecast information for your North Sound community, be sure to visit and bookmark the everettpost.com weather page that also includes hourly forecasts and the latest Doppler weather radar loop so you can track the snow yourself.