Some snow expected on Christmas

Icy conditions predicted over weekend

SEATTLE — It’s likely to be a white Christmas on the North Olympic Peninsula, but forecasters expect minimal snow accumulation in the lowlands.

The big problem this weekend is likely to be ice and black ice as arctic air barrels out of the Fraser Outflow in British Columbia, according to meteorologist Logan Johnson with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

“The big impact will be how cold it gets,” Johnson said.

It will be a chilly weekend, with high temperatures “struggling to reach 30 degrees on Monday,” he added.

Light snowfall is possible throughout Saturday and into the overnight hours, and snow showers are expected to continue through Monday.

However, “it’s not really a big snowstorm,” Johnson said. “It looks like off-and-on snow showers” with a couple of inches possible on Saturday and similar amounts the next two days.

Some areas could experience strong wind gusts out of the north as cold air rushes out of the Fraser Outflow, Johnson said.

Mountains will see similar conditions with more snowfall than is expected on the lowlands, he said.


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