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Tag: National Weather Service


Freezing temperatures could make for slippery roads tonight, through Monday morning commute

Widespread below-freezing temperatures in Western Washington could make for slippery roads tonight and Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Commuters should prepare for frost and some black ice, meteorologists said, including in the Tacoma area.

Monday morning will be the coldest since the middle of January, according to the Weather Service.

Temperatures will be above freezing by 10 a.m.


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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Blizzard warning in effect … but not for Tacoma area

Pierce County residents responding to our all-call tell us they got emergency alerts this afternoon about a blizzard from Tacoma, University Place, Spanaway and other lowland areas that the National Weather Service says are not expected to get blizzards. We also heard from Seattle-area residents who got the same alert.

Here’s a snapshot one reader sent from her phone in the Puyallup area:

According to the National Weather Service, the message sent was part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which started sending notifications across the country this year.

It seemingly refers to a blizzard warning

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Flood watch issued for Puyallup River near Orting Monday

Rain tomorrow could cause minor flooding of the Puyallup River near Orting, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists expect a wet weather system to bring about an inch of rain overnight, which they say could cause the river to overflow in that area.

The flood watch issued is in effect from Monday morning through the afternoon. The watch means conditions are favorable for a flood, and that residents should monitor forecasts and be ready to act if the event happens.

A warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.