After most of Western Washington awoke to a white-winter morning, followed by a rather sunny Saturday, forecasters are warning that winter weather, and that white stuff, will get worse in the coming week.
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Sunday afternoon through late Tuesday. They said we might get a break from the falling snow tonight, but the winds will keep the ground-snow moving around and back onto some roads.
Given snowpack and the clearing skies, forecasters say temperatures will be cold again tonight with lows in the teens. Winds kept some areas too cold to thaw roads Saturday afternoon, so be prepared for winter driving and authorities warn; don’t drive in the snow if you don’t have to.
The Aberdeen Police Department reports the current Aberdeen cold weather shelter is the Harbor Praise Center located at 801 W. Wishkah. They opened today (Saturday). They also provide clothing and meals to those in need.
State of Emergency
Gov. Jay Inslee today issued an updated state of emergency proclamation which originally granted exemptions to commercial vehicle drivers collecting or delivering bulk milk products and de-icing salt, the expansion covers those commercial drivers collecting and delivering essential food and emergency supplies to grocery stores and those delivering bulk propane fuel supplies.
Roads Were Bad This Morning
The Washington State Patrol reports they responded to 22 collisions on Grays Harbor County roads Friday night and early Saturday morning. In another tweet, District 8 reported troopers responded to 89 collisions Friday:
▪️Grays Harbor: 22
Statewide they responded to reports of 650 collisions, compared to last Friday’s 251.
Aberdeen Police reported no wrecks overnight, but they had some issues with drivers getting up Broadway at one point.
Hoquiam reported they were called to 4 wrecks in city limits – they also had to wait for a gravel truck to get the Simpson Avenue Bridge cleared at one point last night.
Sgt. Jeff Salstrom reminds drivers to take it slow, slower than the speed limit, and give yourself plenty of stopping distance.
Grays Harbor Transit said Saturday they were operating all routes. There may be some delays to service due to road conditions. The 7:30 AM route to Olympia was canceled Saturday morning. Track bus arrivals in real time at https://transit.unitegps.com/gh
Dry Tomorrow Morning
Dry and cold conditions will greet us tomorrow morning but the snow is expected by the afternoon. The Winter Storm Watch issued for a large portion of Northwest and West-Central Washington warns that we might see heavy snow possible as two storm systems move across the area.
The first will begin Sunday afternoon into Sunday night, bringing the potential for 1 to 3 inches of new snow. Another system will move in quickly behind this system Monday and continue through Tuesday, bringing the potential for more significant snowfall.
Snow Chances Next Week
Several opportunities for winter weather are likely this upcoming week, beginning tomorrow with a quick round of accumulating snow and another, potentially stronger, system moving through Monday and Tuesday. Another round of winter weather will be monitored late in the week.
New snow accumulations Monday through Tuesday of 5 to 8 inches are being forecasted.
School Closures & Delays
Check https://kbkw.com/school-closures/ for closure and delay updates directly from the schools, and the KBKW Facebook page will have the most up-to-date list at https://www.facebook.com/newstalkkbkw/.
Local students should be signed up for their schools flashalerts account, find details on your school website.
Grays Harbor College students should also be signed up for text alerts. Regardless of campus status, you should watch those as you may receive notice that a specific teacher wasn’t able to make it in.