Challenging weather possible late in weekend

Overnight conditions might be somewhat drier than originally predicted

Though the National Weather Service still predicts some winter precipitation overnight, conditions Thursday night and into Friday could be less severe than originally anticipated. The latter part of the weekend could still prove itself to be troublesome, however.

Earlier predictions warned about possible freezing rain overnight in lowland areas.

“It’s looking a little more dry,” Johnny Burg, a meteorologist in the Seattle National Weather Service office, said about Thursday night and early Friday. The coast should be fairly warm and precipitation further inland “is looking very, very light.”

Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, warns that the next period with potential for challenging weather conditions is later on Sunday going into Monday.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty and it’s still a little too early to tell,” Mass said. “But some of the (weather) models are going for snow on the Olympic Peninsula. You’ll definitely have to pay attention.”