More snow is headed to the North Sound. A weather system tracking southeast along the British Columbia coast is expected to spread moisture over the cold air mass hovering across the North Sound overnight into Thursday morning. The precipitation is anticipated to fall as snow and will impact the Thursday morning commute.

One to four inches of new snow is expected with higher amounts possible in outlying areas closer to the Cascades. Temperatures will moderate to some degree Thursday, climbing just above freezing for the first time since Christmas Day.

The snow will taper off Thursday afternoon and evening as the weather system heads south with low temperatures dropping to around 20 degrees. Sunshine returns on Friday with highs only climbing to the lower to middle 30s.

The holiday weekend promises moderating temperatures, in a relative manner. The next weather system will spread more moisture onshore Saturday with precipitation likely beginning as snow. By late in the day or evening, the snow will turn to rain as warmer air moves inland, bringing this cold snowy episode to an end. Plain old rain is in store on Sunday with highs surpassing 40 degrees.

With the melting snow and ice over the weekend, be sure to clear storm drains so the melting has somewhere to drain and not create local flooding or ponding of water on roadways.

Looking further ahead into January, the threat of cold and snow is not over. The outlook into mid-January maintains colder than average temperatures and above average precipitation. The anticipated weather pattern during this period will at least have low snow levels in the mountains with a threat to reach close to sea level at times. Monitor your site-specific local North Sound community forecast by visiting the weather page as January progresses.