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Old 01-17-2012, 09:07 PM
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Default Washingtonians...are you bracing for the storm?

Time to batten down the hatches. I think maybe I brought the snow with me from Idaho. What gives? I thought I was through with all the shoveling of snow...glad I brought my snow blower with me. I used it today.

And this "historic" and upcoming storm is suppose to hit in the wee hours of the morning. All hell breaks lose around here when it snows. It's usually wet, slushy and VERY hilly. Then all that mess chills and gets icey. Stir in inexperienced snow drivers and lots of traffic and it is a mess. Add the fact that they don't have any snow plows and hardly do a thing to fix the roads.

The year before last, I think it was, I was visiting here and when it snowed, it was taking people 10 and 13 hours to get home. Buses were no better off. People could go to the bathroom, being stuck on the roads. They were running out of gas. It was horrible. I lucked out when I picked up my daughter from work...the timing I guess was just right and we got home pretty easily. So, this is suppose to be worse! Of course, the media loves to stir up more drama than is usually called for, but who knows?

I went shopping today and made sure I had plenty of vegetables and other stuff. I seem to have quite the nesting instinct. lol.

http://www.weather.com/outlook/weath...est_2012-01-16

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Major Winter Storm from Pacific Northwest to the Northern Rockies

Late Tuesday night through Wednesday, a strong low-pressure system with copious amounts of moisture will approach the Northwest coast. This will set the stage for a major winter storm across the lower elevations and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Travel could become dangerous or impossible in the cities listed below, just to name a few.

Cities in the winter storm threat zone: Seattle | Olympia | Bellingham | Portland/Vancouver |

Snow from this storm will spread well inland across the interior Northwest into the Northern Rockies. Spokane, Wash., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Kalispell, Mont. and Missoula, Mont. will all deal with substantial amounts of snow and rough travel conditions.

How Much Snow?

As usual, the big question is always: How much snow am I going to see??? Below is our snow forecast map for the Northwest region the next 48 hours. You can find specific snow forecast total ranges plotted below some of the cities on the graphic. As you can see, we are forecasting some rather hefty amounts across western Washington (including Seattle).

One caveat to this forecast. There remains some uncertainty with how quickly the snow may eventually change to rain on Wednesday. This is particularly the case the farther south you go along the I-5 corridor (i.e. Portland/Vancouver). Snow should change to rain in Portland on Wednesday morning.

Keep in mind, average annual snowfall is only 2.4" in Portland and 5.9" in Seattle, so these amounts are very significant for these metro areas! According to the National Weather Service in Seattle, Wash., snow amounts from this storm could exceed anything seen since November 1985 at Sea-Tac airport.

More perspective: Seattle's snow history

In the mountains (Cascades and Bitterroots), we expect several feet of snow to pile up!
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:18 PM
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No lol.

Snowboarding today and snowboarding tomorrow. More snow = more fun for me.

I guess people are better at driving down here we have some snow just about every year and never really have issues except when it melts.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:22 PM
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They're calling for 50mph winds and temps down to 0 with windchill tonight. Work was cancelled. The hatches are as battened down as they're going to get. We got 10 inches today when they were calling for 4 so tomorrow should be *fun*.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:24 PM
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he he. SNOW!!! <3

In Fernie/Sparwood or the Elk valley as we like to call it has snow days were they close off the Highway when it snows alot, because in the moutians it just doesnt just snow its SNOWS!!!

Is it weird that Im excited to experiance those snow days??
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:35 PM
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I want snow.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:38 PM
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I want snow.
I love snow. I really do. I just could do without the power outages. The first serious snowstorm we had here I lost power for 2 weeks with one week of that below freezing.

I remember waking up one fine morning to discover that it was below freezing in my house by 5 degrees. That day I had to pack up and leave.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:41 PM
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Oh and here's some pictures from today.











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i would love some snow here. blow it this way!
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Where the hell are you guys? Portland has registered a trace, except for the local hills.

Not going to happen. Major rain storm for us. Some snow for WA.
See also: http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:22 PM
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Aww Psy, I wish you guys could get some of the action.

We're pretty much set regardless. Wood stove, twenty cords of wood, oil lamps and candles, a boatload of food and a fresh bag of dog food. If we get desperate for some luxury ingredient the grocery store is in walking distance. My sis and BIL are from Alaska, so if driving has to happen I'm getting them to do it.
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