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UPDATE: Weather advisory in effect; bigger storm moves in late Tuesday

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on Jan. 16, 2012 at 11:24 am |
January 16, 2012 8:19 pm

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulations are possible tonight through Tuesday as cooler, unstable air continues over the area. Local accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible, the National Weather Service said.

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening. A Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe winter weather.

“A much more significant winter storm is likely late Tuesday night through Wednesday or Wednesday night. Snow with this system will be widespread and heavy,” the advisory from the Weather Service states.

Read the complete weather alert here.

EARLIER POST (Before update from National Weather Service): The National Weather Service has issued two Winter Storm Watches for parts of Western Washington. The first storm watch is in effect from late tonight through Tuesday afternoon, and the second is from late Tuesday through Wednesday evening.

A Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe winter weather.

The weather service says snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are possible late tonight into Tuesday afternoon, and significant additional accumulations are possible late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Areas affected by the storm watch include Tacoma, Seattle, Bremerton and Shelton.

“If you must travel in the watch area,” the Weather Service says, “carry an extra flashlight, food, water and blankets in case of emergency.”

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