After Seattle received nearly 3 inches of snow from the winter storm earlier this week, another round of accumulating snow will overspread the area later Friday into Saturday.
Drier weather will take hold across much of the Northwest through Thursday. However, the cold will not depart.
“The cold air that brought the snow earlier in the week will remain in place through the end of this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.
Temperatures will run around 10 degrees Fahrenheit below average across much of the Northwest through Friday. This will lead to highs in the upper 30s F and lows in the 20s F in Seattle.
Motorists will need to be on alert for black ice during the overnight hours from any melting snow that refreezes on roadways.
The next storm will begin to develop off the coast of Washington state on Friday.
This storm may have a similar track and amount of cold air to the one earlier in the week. This could also bring similar snowfall amounts across the region.
Several inches of snow could fall in and around Seattle once again. Compared to the last storm, the highest amounts could occur on the north and east sides of the city. A foot or more of snow could fall across the Cascades.
When adding snowfall totals from the most recent storm and this upcoming storm, Seattle could reach its yearly average snowfall total of 6.8 inches.
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As temperatures fall below freezing on Friday and Saturday night, any wet or slushy areas on untreated roads and sidewalks can turn icy.
Travel could be difficult to impossible across parts of the Interstate-5 corridor, including Siskiyou Summit in Oregon.
Snow will likely make a return to some lower elevations of Oregon, including Portland. Even the coastal locations of Washington and Oregon may get another round of light snow.
It is not rare to receive snow in Seattle during the winter months, but it is rare to have two separate storms bring high amounts of snow over a short period of time. Typically, Seattle receives about two or three snowstorms a year.
This storm will move out of the area later this upcoming weekend. However, the Northwest may not escape the cold and risk for more wintry weather.
“Another winter storm may set its sights on the Northwest again early next week,” Adamson said.
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