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Update: "Tut, Tut, Now it Looks Like Rain" in Issaquah Forecast

The National Weather Service amended its prediction of snow in Issaquah to chances of rain showers over the weekend, and rain showers in Sammamish.

Update, Friday, Dec. 7, 11:30 p.m.: The National Weather Service has revised the forecast for Issaquah after previously anticipated snow didn't materialize this afternoon. As of 11:30 p.m. traction tires were advised over Snoqualmie Pass, and oversized vehicles prohibited. The updated weekend forecast:

  • Overnight: Showers likely, mainly before 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 40 by 11am, then falling to around 31 during the remainder of the day. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
  • Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 36 by 10pm. East wind 3 to 5 mph.
  • Sunday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 42. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
  • Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

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Original story:

If you like snow, you may get your first taste of it for the season in Issaquah. Snow is likely this afternoon, the National Weather Service says, and possible through Sunday. And as of about 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Snoqualmie Pass was requiring chains on all vehicle except those with all-wheel drive.

Here's a breakdown of the NWS forecast for this weekend in Issaquah.

Late Afternoon: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 35. Northwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow showers likely, mainly before 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 32. South southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 33. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Sunday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 38. South southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

The Weather Gods are a bit kinder to Sammamish through the weekend, with the typical rain showers but chilly temps, with lows around freezing Saturday night:

Tonight: Showers likely, mainly before 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 6 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 40 by 11am, then falling to around 32 during the remainder of the day. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Light east wind.
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 42. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Ronald Parry December 08, 2012 at 07:42 AM
A false news story? Trying to grab a headline? Surprised this didn't come from Caitlin Moran - your on staff stretch the truth reporter. She usually is good at sensationalism.
Jeanne Gustafson December 08, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Hi Ronald, This was not a false headline. The report from the National Weather Service was accurate at the time the original story was published, and of course, when I returned home this evening anticipating the predicted snow and saw none, I checked to see if the forecast had been revised, which it had.
Ronald Parry December 10, 2012 at 12:18 AM
OK thank you!
Jeanne Gustafson December 10, 2012 at 01:46 AM
You're welcome, and thanks for voicing your concern, Ronald. I always welcome feedback and questions.

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