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Cliff Mass is scaling back. The weatherman extraordinaire says he's highly doubtful the snowstorm heading our way tomorrow will be as monstrous as some have

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Cliff Mass Tells Seattle Times to Hold Its Horses on 'Megastorm' Headlines

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Cliff Mass is scaling back. The weatherman extraordinaire says he's highly doubtful the snowstorm heading our way tomorrow will be as monstrous as some have projected. In fact, he figures no more than 2 to 5 inches (5 inches near Olympia, 2 inches near Everett) will blanket Puget Sound. "It's going to be a lesser event," he tells Seattle Weekly.

"It's going to be more to the south and more to the mountains," adds Mass. "They could get yards of it in the mountains in south- and south-central Oregon."

On his weather blog, updated late this morning, Mass takes a shot at the Seattle Time's ominous banner headline: "When I see the Seattle Times hawking a big headline of 'Megastorm Looms for the Area,' with talk of up to 14 inches of snow and possibly exceeding the all-time record snowfall, I know I have to worry. ST headlines are often over the top, like the one suggesting that UW rejects strong, straight A students with great classes and board scores in order to secure high-paying out of state foreign students (not true, we don't! Top WA students are always accepted)."

Mass, an atmospherics science professor at the University of Washington, says snowstorms are often hard to predict, and that this one is particularly difficult. Still, he says the models he's run suggest a need to drastically lower anticipated snow totals.

On the blog, he cautions, "Everything depends on getting the track of the low exactly right...first to decide where the rain/snow changeover will be and secondly to get the amount of precipitation right."

The Seattle Times, meanwhile, has revised its "megastrom" headline, and downgraded to this: "Less snowfall in the forecast? It's 'evolving.'"

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