Snowfall and cold weather continue into weekend

A snowstorm has settled in on Western Washington this weekend, and the National Weather Service reports it could be the start of more snow to come in the following week or two.

The snow that started Friday will taper off throughout today, with another quick shot of snow possible Sunday night into Monday. This pattern of cold weather followed by snow events is unlikely to change in the next one to two weeks, according to an update.

A winter weather advisory will remain in effect today for Elma, Montesano, McCleary and Olympia. Between 2 and 4 inches of snow are expected. The National Weather Service reports travel may be difficult at times.

This storm will likely be snowier and windier than last Sunday’s for Western Washington overall, but in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties it’s forecast to be similar to the last storm. Since Wednesday afternoon, there aren’t any major changes for the forecast in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, according to Reid Wolcott, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Towns along the coast are predicted to get the least amount of snow, with less than 1 inch forecast for Westport, and 1 to 2 inches in areas just inland from the coast.

Towns like Quinault, and those in eastern Grays Harbor County, like Montesano and Elma, are expected to get between 2 and 3 inches of snow.

In a worst-case scenario, Wolcott said the coast could get 3 to 4 inches of snow, that eastern Grays Harbor County could get around 6 inches, and 8 inches near Olympia. Up to 4 inches of snow is possible in Aberdeen.

The National Weather Service is unsure if this could be the start of one long storm, or multiple snow storms with gaps between going into next week.

Winds are expected to be high along the coast in Westport and Ocean Shores, with the strongest gusts between 25 and 30 mph. In Aberdeen, gusts are expected to get up between 20 and 25 mph.

Aberdeen is expected to have a high temperature of 33 degrees today and a low of 23 degrees overnight.