How about a white Christmas night? Weather forecasters say snow is a possibility in the Seattle area tomorrow night as rain combines with dropping temperatures through the area...
How about a white Christmas night?
Weather forecasters say snow is a possibility in the Seattle area tomorrow night as rain combines with dropping temperatures through the area. Seattle hasn’t seen snowfall on Christmas Day since 1990.
Forecasters predict rain tonight and into tomorrow. But as temperatures drop tomorrow night, the rain is expected to turn to snow flurries, said Julie Holcombe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. No accumulations are expected, she said.
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Light snowfall is also forecast for Sunday, Monday night and Tuesday morning, she said.
Snow is anticipated on the west and central slopes of the North Cascades tomorrow. The snow level is expected to fall from 2,500 to 500 feet tomorrow and remain at that level through the middle of the week, Holcombe said.
For operators of area ski resorts, the forecast is welcome news. Because of higher-than-usual temperatures, most ski areas in the region have yet to open.
“We’re going to take a look at it Sunday, and if we’ve got the snow we need, we’ll open Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Lori Vandenbrink, spokeswoman for Stevens Pass. “We’re getting calls every day.”
Ron Downing, owner of Mount Pilchuck Ski & Sport in Everett, said the lack of snow has hurt his business.
“It’s really affected us a lot, [sales are] off about 25 or 30 percent,” Downing said. “December is absolutely critical in the winter-sports business and there is no way you can ever make it back up.”
Nationally, a storm dumped more than a year’s worth of snow on parts of the Midwest and contributed to at least 12 traffic deaths yesterday.
The heavy snowfall and icy roads stranded motorists and delayed flights ahead of a holiday weekend in which a record 62 million were expected to travel, in part because Christmas falls on the weekend this year.
Midwest blizzards yesterday affected some flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, but holiday travelers weren’t left stranded, spokesman Bob Parker said.
“There are people who aren’t getting where they want to go, but they’re able to go home,” Parker said. “They’re not stuck sleeping in the airport.”
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Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.