All scoffing aside, the Daily Weekly is now ready to face up to the realization that a major snow storm could smack us like a hard, cold fist on Wednesday and might even break records at Sea-Tac Airport. Sunday's feather dusting, which yielded to this morning's icy roads could seem like a day at the beach compared to what might be heading our way.
The National Weather Service says there lurks a powerful storm that might bring up to (yikes!) eight inches of snow to the lowlands. Yes, Katie, time to bar the door. Wednesday night or Thursday morning now appear to be time to expect all white to break out.
Get this: "Snowfall amounts at Sea-Tac," the Weather Services reports, "could exceed anything seen since November 1985 ... a Top 5 record 24-hour snowfall amount."
Now, to the forecast: The rest of the day is not going be anything to write home about. Maybe 1 or 2 inches in Seattle, tops. Tomorrow, though, things get a little more icy-dicey, with another 2 to 4 inches in Seattle anticipated and nighttime temperatures plunging down to 27 degrees in the city. Avoid drives north if you can help it, especially north of Everett, where areas could get 8 to 12 inches.
Then on Wednesday, oh boy. More snow and more snow -- again at least 4 inches in and around the city and maybe up to 8 inches.
As University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass notes on his blog: "A vision that should scare any mayor. And one I am sure will put a smile on the face of KING-TV's Jim Foreman."
Records snowfall for a 24-hour period at Sea-Tac is 7.9 inches.