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Category: Weather


Another foot of snow for the Cascades, rain in the lowlands

With another cold front moving into the region overnight, forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for another foot of snow in the Cascades.

The warning is in effect until 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is expected in the lowlands and another 6 to 12 inches of powder are forecast for the Cascades above 2,000 feet.

Park rangers said they will not open the gate to Paradise today in Mount Rainier National Park.

Most of the snow will fall around Stevens Pass, the Weather Service said.

In Tacoma, today’s high is 49 with winds between 18

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Two feet of snow forecast for mountains; winter storm advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for several mountain areas, including Paradise and Snoqualmie Pass, with up to two feet of snow expected to fall through Friday.

The advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. Friday. Other affected areas include Mount Baker, Stevens Pass and White Pass.

The snow level is around 2,000 feet today and will rise to 3,000 feet Friday before falling to 1,500 feet Friday night, the Weather Service reported.

Today’s high in Paradise is 25 with winds 17 to 22 miles per hour. Up to eight inches of powder is expected to

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Winds to pick up this week, mountains to see more snow

Forecasters say strong winds are expected through the end of the week, with about a foot of snow dropping in the Central Cascades by Saturday as a frontal system moves through.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement.

In Tacoma, temperatures will hover in the mid 40s. Winds today are expected to reach 13 miles per hour and slowly pick up to 22 mph by Friday, with gusts reaching 33 mph, according to the Weather Service.

Showers are possible today and rain is heavy in the forecast Thursday and Friday.

In the Paradise area in Mount Rainier

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Rain and wind dominate forecast until the weekend

Wind and rain return to the area this morning and are expected to last through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s high will be 48. Forecasters predict a south wind up to 17 mph.

The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday look similar, though the Weather Service says fog will replace rain for Friday.

As for the weekend, it should be partly sunny with temperatures lingering in the mid to high 40s.


Heavy snow expected in Cascades, Olympics today through Tuesday

A winter storm warning is in effect from 10 a.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Wednesday for the Cascades and Olympics, according to the National Weather Service.

Affected locations include Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, White Pass and Paradise on Mount Rainer, meteorologists said.

An additional 2 to 4 feet is possible. The heaviest accumulation is expected in the central Cascades near Mount Rainier.

The anticipated storm follows snowfall in the Cascades that’s expected to taper off tonight. The Weather Service says the second weather system will affect

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Burn ban canceled in Pierce County

A Stage 1 burn ban has been lifted in Pierce County as of 10 a.m., according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Cold, stagnant weather has forced various levels of air quality burn bans throughout January.

Officials remind residents that burning garbage is always illegal and those who heat with wood should not emit excess chimney smoke.


Thick fog reduces visibility to a quarter mile or less, forecasters say

A dense fog advisory is in effect until noon today, reducing visibility to a quarter of a mile or less, according to the National Weather Service.

“Poor visibilities coupled with icy spots on the roads will increase the risk for collisions,” the advisory states.

Forecasters said the fog should start lifting by 10 a.m. Today’s high is 38.

Rain is expected to hit tonight and continue through Wednesday, when temperatures could raise into the low 40s.

An air stagnation advisory also remains in effect since pollution is being trapped near the surface, the Weather Service said.


Fog advisory issued; visibility reduced to half a mile

Dense fog has reduced visibility to less than a half mile, according to the National Weather Service.

A dense fog advisory is in effect until noon.

“Low visibility will create difficult driving conditions and freezing temperatures will create locally icy roads,” the advisory states.

Today’s high is 39. Forecasters said freezing fog will dominate the morning and the afternoon will be cloudy.

The air stagnation advisory remains in effect until Tuesday.