Anyone dreaming of a white Christmas week around Seattle probably won’t get their wish.

Still, skiers are in luck: More snow is headed toward the Cascade Mountains by Monday afternoon, followed by cooler air that will keep the slopes white.

And some high-elevation suburbs may see a quick burst of wet snow at elevations above 1,000 feet, as will lower communities in the north Puget Sound area, meteorologist Mary Butwin of the National Weather Service said Sunday night.

A revised forecast Sunday night calls for lower-level snow than previously thought, and less mudslide risk.

“If you’re up in the mountains, it’s good news for skiers. But if you’re pining for snow down low, it’s just not the kind of setup we need for it,” said meteorologist Dustin Guy. What’s missing is a cold blast of Canadian air, he said.

Temperatures were a balmy 51 degrees Sunday night, with a Monday high of 48 expected in Seattle, dropping only to 39 degrees Monday night and 44 degrees Tuesday, with the rain chance 90% to 100%.


The weather service predicts south winds of 30 to 35 mph that may cause isolated power outages. Lowland travelers could encounter a rain-snow mix that obscures visibility, but roads are warm so the precipitation won’t freeze.

The risk of widespread flooding or slides has receded, according to Butwin, because when snow falls on the foothills, it has more time to absorb into the wet soils than if a rainstorm pelts the ground. Flooding is expected around the Skokomish River in Mason County — where fall salmon are known to swim across submerged highways.

Moving through the week, Tuesday through Thursday is expected to be dry, with rain returning in time for Christmas morning.

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