Snowy Holiday Period

Posted by Rufus La Lone on

Christmas Eve 2021

The staff here (me, myself & I) wish you and the family, a wonderful Christmas this year.   The weather details that we presented in the Special Statement published on Dec 22 remain the foundation of this forecast update.  Will try to keep this brief.
Rain, wind, showers and plenty of mountain, foothill snow on the way today into this evening.  Several areas are reporting snow, as well.  Christmas Day will present rain showers turning to SNOW showers, at times, starting up north (NW WA, BC) and moving south by midnight across west side locations.  Timing may vary.  
Mittens Time.  SNOW showers Sunday & Monday, with a few thrown in on Tue, esp south of Salem.  Modified Arctic Air moving in mid-week will be very dry, but we do see some moisture moving from the Pacific, at times.  STATIC ELECTRICITY will get your attention. News media & regional forecasters are working hard to keep PNW residents informed.  Heed Nat’l Wx Service watches & warnings.
COLDER as the week progresses, with record or near record LOW temps possible, depending on snow cover & position of the cold Arctic air east of the Cascades.  The brunt of this Arctic Event will hit NW Washington/BC.  Single digit lows possible in NW WA; 12 - 17 degrees are possible in wind-sheltered, snow cover locations up & down the western valleys of the PNW.  We will have a few DRY CRISP winter afternoons.  Sunglasses needed for snow-glare!  
The amount of moisture that could arrive next week is uncertain, but overall, any that does should fall as SNOW in most locations until late week.  We could have a slight warm-up (just above freezing) late next week, but models return additional low-snow cold after New Year’s Day weekend.  Winter will not let go completely as we enter 2022.  
California will have plenty of weather issues, from heavy rain, to lower-than-usual snowfall, to subfreezing temps in the north.
Bring your Mug here again on Monday.  Merry Time has arrived.
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