Several parts of the Seattle area are expected to see around 1 inch of snow, but up to 4 inches is possible at higher elevations in the hilly areas, said Matthew Cullen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle. Wind will accompany Tuesday’s snow, he added.
Light snowfall in the Seattle area will start in the morning, and more snow is expected in the early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures are likely to be around 38, but with wind chill will feel like it’s between 25 and 30. Heavier snow is expected north in Skagit County and toward the Canadian border.
Seattle is under winter weather and wind advisories. The winter weather advisory is in effect from 1 pm Tuesday to 10 am Wednesday and the wind advisory is in effect from 4 pm Tuesday to 7 am Wednesday.
If temperatures continue to fall, forecasters say this could be one of the coldest November 29s on record. The snow is expected to transition to rain overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Some schools have announced early dismissals for Tuesday and have already announced Wednesday closures.
Snow and rain are likely Wednesday night, and snow is expected again before 1 pm Thursday, followed by another chance of rain and snow. Snow accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible on Thursday.
In addition, a winter storm watch is in effect for Chelan County from 4 pm. Tuesday through 4 pm Wednesday, with heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations are expected to be between 6 and 10 inches, however, areas at higher elevations could see even more.
The state Department of Transportation is requesting drivers to cancel non-essential travel and maintain caution when travelling.