Snow starting to stick on Peninsula; forecast points to more on the way

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Monday morning's commute could be messy, as snow began accumulating Sunday afternoon and a National Weather Service bulletin warned of more to come.

A winter weather advisory issued at 9:34 a.m. Sunday and in effect until 3 a.m. Monday warned of snow, heavy after 5 p.m. Sunday, that could cause slippery, icy roads and limited visibility.

The advisory included Sequim, Port Angeles, Joyce and Clallam Bay, with snow accumulation of up to 2 inches at sea level, and 2 to 4 inches above 300 feet.

Areas southwest of Port Angeles could get higher snow totals, the advisory said.

Hurricane Ridge continued to receive snow over the weekend, but snow depth decreased because of winds that stripped slopes of several inches of snow from official snowpack measurement sites.

As of today, Hurricane Ridge had 91 inches of snow at the Waterhole sensor at 5,110 feet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

On Thursday, snow depth was measured at 98 inches at the same site.

The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area's rope tows opened Saturday and today for skiing and for children's tubing, but the poma lift did not open, according to an Olympic National Park automated phone message.

Buckinghorse telemetry site, on the western slopes at 4,870 feet, had 100 inches of snow, and a site in the upper Dungeness River basin, at 4,010 feet, had 35 inches.

Each of those areas is expected to continue receiving snow through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Last modified: February 23. 2014 8:29PM
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