SEATTLE — A winter storm that swept across Western Washington Sunday brought snow that halted air travel, turned roads icy, cut power to thousands and caused temperatures to plummet, setting record lows.
On the lower end of the spectrum, Seattle received 5 inches of snow while Port Angeles saw a whopping 16 inches. Bellingham got 9.5 inches, Mukilteo 7.3, and Fall City, 6.5.
Thousands were stranded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sunday. Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed at SEA throughout the day on Sunday. Monday morning at SEA, 140 flights were canceled and 52 were delayed, according to FlightAware as of 6 a.m.
The snow also cut power to some around the Sound. On Monday morning, nearly 4,000 Puget Sound Energy customers were still without power.
PSE says the hardest hit areas have been in Skagit, Whatcom and Kitsap counties.
In all seriousness – BEFORE you get into your snow covered car & drive, PLEASE clear the snow off! Chunks of snow & ice flying off your car while you drive is dangerous & unsafe for other users of the road. Be a courteous driver & clean the snow off. ? #wawx #orwx #SafetyFirst pic.twitter.com/j3gVDKF7FG
— WSDOT SW (@wsdot_sw) December 27, 2021
The snow and ice continues to cause problems on the road for drivers and riders who are brave enough to venture out. King County Executive Dow Constantine directed Metro to shift bus service to the Emergency Snow Network starting Monday, reducing service to about 60 core routes that Seattle and other areas made a priority for snow and ice removal.
In Pierce and Thurston counties on Sunday, troopers responded to 166 collisions, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Robert Reyer.
While the snow was a headache for some, it turned into a playground for others, with some people sledding and even skiing on roads usually occupied by cars.
The good news is that most of Western Washington will remain dry Monday, but the frigid temperatures for the next few days will keep all the snow and ice in place on roads that are not plowed or treated with deicer.
Brrr. It’s cold out there! Record lows were set yesterday on 12/26:
Sea-Tac AP: 20°; old record 22° in 1948
NWS Seattle: 22°; old record 24° in 1924
Quillayute: 19°; old record 23° in 1978
Bellingham: 9°; old record 12° in 1971
Hoquiam: 25°; old record 26° in 1954
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) December 27, 2021
WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 10 a.m. Monday for Western Whatcom County for sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
A Wind Advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. for San Juan County and western Skagit County for winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
A Wind Chill Warning is in effect until 10 a.m. San Juan County-Western Whatcom County for wind chills as low as 20 below 0 that could result in hypothermia.
Temperatures early Monday were in the teens and low 20s with Bellingham at 8 degrees, 17 in Seattle, 16 in Everett, 20 in Tacoma, 24 in Olympia and 21 in Port Angeles.
We’ll see very cold temperatures along with icy conditions and left over snow from the weekend. Main impacts along with the snow to start the day will be the cold temperatures, gusty winds and the wind chill factor up north.
Temperatures Monday will not warm too much, with highs only into the low 20s. We will see dry conditions for most of Western Washington Monday with a few sunbreaks.
Monday afternoon, the coast and southwest Washington could see another inch of snow through Monday night as a weather system passing to the west will clip the area. There will be little, if any, accumulation for the interior from about Tacoma north.
Tuesday should again be a mostly dry day with northerly winds. It will remain cold, but temperatures will moderate a bit with highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s.
Wednesday will be another dry and chilly day with northerly flow aloft and modified arctic air lingering at the surface. Precipitation will return to the area Wednesday night through Thursday night as a weather system will drops down from the northwest.
Winds will begin to shift more southerly with this system, which will help warm highs into the mid 30s to lower 40s on Thursday. Precipitation will likely start as snow then transition to a rain or a rain/snow mix on Thursday. New snow accumulations could be another 1 to 3 inches.
The mountains should pick up a good shot of snow with this system.
On New Year’s Eve Friday, some cooler air will be kept in place. Highs on Friday will be mostly in the 30s.
As we welcome in the New Year, Saturday is looking dry in between weather systems. Highs will remain below normal but warm a few degrees into the upper 30s and lower 40s.
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