Western Washington braces for cold, snow

October 31, 2003

King 5 News

Welcome to freaky fall in the Northwest. First, 5 inches of rain drops in a 24-hour period. Now, on Saturday night, forecasters are saying snow is possible in the Western Washington lowlands.

The weird weather will be courtesy of an unseasonably cold air mass that will sit over the area, bringing a chance of record low temperatures in Western Washington and then snow Saturday night and early Sunday when a weak system moves in, spreading clouds and moisture.

Snow is possible across all of Washington south of a line drawn through Sequim, Everett, and Snoqualmie Pass.

And it will be cold. The forecast overnight lows for both Seattle and Portland is 28 degrees on Saturday.

Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches are also possible in the Olympics and the Cascade foothills south of Snoqualmie Pass.

The snow threat comes as the region is already bracing itself against unseasonable cold Temperatures dipped as low as seven degrees Friday morning in Pocatello, Idaho, smashing the old record low by five degrees.

West of the cascades, Bellingham, Wash. hit the freezing mark Friday morning.

In Seattle, the Union Gospel Mission said it will send its search and rescue van to the streets.

It will deliver hot coffee, sandwiches and blankets to homeless people.


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