National Weather Service issues winter storm watch

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The National Weather Service this morning declared a winter storm watch in effect now until late Sunday night.

Many lowland areas already are seeing flakes falling — but few are sticking to the ground as of 11 a.m. — and the Weather Service says cool air out of the Fraser River Valley to the northeast of the North Olympic Peninsula could bring 3 to 5 inches of snow by Sunday.

The Weather Service specifically mentions Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles, Sekiu and Forks among "some affected locations."

"The forecast is not certain, so stay tuned for updated forecasts," the Weather Service said in its storm watch advisory issued late this morning.

Snow is forecast all weekend in the Olympics. As of 11 a.m., the road to Hurricane Ridge was open, Olympic National Park reported, and all vehicles are required to carry tire chains. The road could close at short notice. Call the recorded hotline at 360-565-3131 before heading up to the Ridge.

Port Angeles native Scott Sistek, meteorologist and blogger with our Seattle news partner, KOMO, has further discussion of the storm watch and its effects on other areas of Western Washington — in case you're traveling this weekend.

Click here for Scott's analysis:

Also, check back here for updates to the specific North Olympic Peninsula forecast.

Last modified: February 22. 2014 11:24AM
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