Winter chill returns to Puget Sound region

Jan 27, 2023, 10:36 AM | Updated: Jan 29, 2023, 6:47 pm
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It will be a cold walk today in the Puget Sound area. (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

The winter chill has returned to the Puget Sound region with highs only in the 30s.

“So back to winter; it’s not over yet,” said KIRO Newsradio meteorologist Ted Buehner.

The cold air is coming out of western Canada. “And that’s going to drop high temperatures down into the upper 30s on Sunday and Monday, but low temperatures are gonna get down into the 20s. And if you add in the wind chill, now we’re getting down into the teens.”

Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 38 and wind coming out of the north around nine mph, according to the NWS.

“It’s bringing back some bad memories for a couple of people about the ice storm,” Buehner said. “This weather pattern is distinctly different from what we had Dec. 23 with our icing event.”

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There shouldn’t be any major issues getting around this weekend though.

“If you’re going to be out on the roads, Sunday into Monday, just be aware of where the usual icy spots like bridges, overpasses, places that are in the shade, things like that,” Buehner predicted. “Temperature-wise, fortunately, each day we’re going to warm up above freezing, but it’ll be well below freezing at night. The threat of any freezing pipes or anything like that looks pretty minimal.”

The KIRO 7 TV weather blog sees it this way:

Following today’s passing of a cold front, cooler and drier air has already began to follow in it’s tracks. This, and a strong surface high moving south through Northern Canada is opening the door for Fraser River Outflow to move through parts of Western Washington.

With winds increasing a wind advisory has gone into effect this evening and will remain in effect through 6am Sunday. San Juan County and Western Whatcom and Skagit counties could see sustained winds from the northeast moving at 25-35mph with gusts upwards to 50mph.

Power outages and downed trees are very likely. Despite the advisory ending Sunday morning, winds around Western Whatcom county will not settle down dinner time tomorrow.

Further south, strong winds gusts aren’t as concerning as the wind chill I’m expecting for southern portions of the Cascades. In fact, a Wind Chill Advisory will go into effect tonight at 8pm and remain in effect through Monday afternoon. Cold air from incoming winds could make the temperature FEEL like 15 degrees below 0.

If there’s a silver lining to these upcoming weather events it’s the dry skies and ample sunshine we’ll have for both Sunday AND most of Monday.

The next weather system to bring precipitation to the area will likely be Tuesday. How much precipitation is still up in the air (literally). With snow levels near 500ft a mix of lowland rain and snow can be expect, but as the weekend comes to a close I should have a better understanding about what you can expect and where.


KIRO 7 TV contributed to this story

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Winter chill returns to Puget Sound region