It seems as if it's been really, really rainy and really, really snowy in the mountains, but meteorologists say the precipitation this month is not all that unusual.
It’s not epic, earth-shattering or record-breaking, but yes, there has been a bit more snow, rain and cold this year.
According to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Service, the amount of snow that’s accumulated on the passes and peaks in the region has become “increasingly impressive” with Mount Baker, for one, receiving more than 110 inches in the past six days.
Western slopes in the Cascades and Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics have gotten 4 to 5 feet since Saturday.
That’s a snowpack of about 20 to 50 percent greater than average, according to the avalanche service.
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National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Schneider said, “It’s above normal for the season everywhere.”
Further, he said, more is coming.
“We are still building the snowpack. Last year it didn’t peak until April or May.”
Schneider said we usually have plenty of snow in the mountains, but a little extra never hurts the region’s water supply.
The amount of rain in the area is also above average, he said. As of Thursday, SeaTac had recorded 3.76 inches of rain for the month. The average for the same period of time is 1.87 inches; however, last year was unusually wet as well — more so even, with 4.08 inches recorded at SeaTac.
While there are no flood alerts for the Seattle area, flood watches are in effect in Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties, Schneider said.
The Skokomish River in Mason County, the area’s most flood-prone river, is already above flood levels but was expected to go down before Friday, he said.
Showers are predicted to continue through the weekend, he said.
KING5 meteorologist Jeff Renner’s forecast calls for some rain or showers during the next few days with rain or rain/snow showers on Sunday and Monday.
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