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Could a little snow mean a bigger storm this week?

January 9th, 2011 by Thea

If you’re trekking around the hill today or have caught a glimpse out the nearest window, odds are you’ve noticed that it’s snowing here in Queen Anne. Though the temperature’s a bit too high for anything to stick (at 37 degrees as of 3:30 this afternoon), we’re seeing a pretty substantial mix of snow and rainfall in the neighborhood.

While no accumulation is expected for today’s snow showers, forecasters are looking ahead to Tuesday night and Wednesday, where a significant snow event could be in play.

As is typical here in Seattle, the forecast keeps shifting. At first, UW meteorologist Cliff Mass suggested it could be a historic snow event. Then he backed off as forecasts showed it heading north, perhaps into Vancouver. Now the Weather Service says the model has it shifting a little more south, which could bring 4 inches or more in the Seattle area. “It’s still way too early to know what scenario will play out,” says the Weather Service.

At this point we’re not sure what the snow-cast will look like this week on the hill, but if November’s snowfall is any indication, it might be a good idea to pick up a pair of chains for traversing Queen Anne’s slopes in advance—we don’t want a repeat of the vehicular carnage icy streets brought to the hill last time around.

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