snow http://kplu.org en Mass: Chances Of Snow This Weekend, But Don't Bet The House On It http://kplu.org/post/mass-chances-snow-weekend-dont-bet-house-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The weekend forecast includes c</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hances</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of snow, but nothing's for certain</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"This is a hard one," said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mass. “There’s a lot of uncertainty here. I’ll tell you that right in the beginning.”</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:07:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13912 at http://kplu.org Mass: Chances Of Snow This Weekend, But Don't Bet The House On It Mass: Heavy Rain, Strong Winds And Snow In The Mountains This Weekend http://kplu.org/post/mass-heavy-rain-strong-winds-and-snow-mountains-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend will bring heavy rain, strong winds and snow in the mountains, says </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p>“You can expect everything this weekend,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:00:51 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12461 at http://kplu.org Mass: Heavy Rain, Strong Winds And Snow In The Mountains This Weekend Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water http://kplu.org/post/strange-snow-finding-suggests-fewer-trees-mean-more-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quick quiz: In springtime, does snow melt faster out in the open or in the shade?&nbsp;</span></p><p>You might figure it melts faster in the sunshine, and that seems to be the case for cold climates. But in places with temperate winters, like the Pacific Northwest, <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wrcr.20504/abstract" target="_blank">it might be just the opposite</a>.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 11250 at http://kplu.org Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water Mass: Friday is the Calm before First Big Storm of Season http://kplu.org/post/mass-friday-calm-first-big-storm-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Today is the calm before the storm," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p>The first big storm of the season will hit the Northwest on Saturday, and it's expected to produce winds strong enough to cause power outages and trigger snowfall in the mountains at elevations low enough to cover the passes.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:48:21 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10772 at http://kplu.org Mass: Friday is the Calm before First Big Storm of Season Seattleites to truck in snow for snowball fight record attempt http://kplu.org/post/seattleites-truck-snow-snowball-fight-record-attempt <p></p><p>A group of Seattle professionals are gearing up this week to try and break the Guinness World Record for the <a href="http://www.snow.co/">world’s largest snowball fight</a>, and they’re doing it in a place where, typically, there is no snow: Seattle Center.</p><p>So how exactly do you get 162,000 pounds of snow into the shadow of the Space Needle? Organizer Neil Bergquist says, you just go to the mountains and get it.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7495 at http://kplu.org Seattleites to truck in snow for snowball fight record attempt A little drier weather ahead, and the most amazing snow http://kplu.org/post/little-drier-weather-ahead-and-most-amazing-snow <p></p><p>Snow in the Cascade mountains is the deepest in America these days, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, and the weather pattern is likely to stay the same well into next week.</p><p>And, as for the dusting of snow, ice and sleet around portions of the Puget Sound lowlands, that should all melt off by this afternoon, says Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:09:12 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7439 at http://kplu.org A little drier weather ahead, and the most amazing snow Chillier and drier will bring white fluffy stuff to the passes http://kplu.org/post/chillier-and-drier-will-bring-white-fluffy-stuff-passes-0 <p></p><p>The weather pattern has shifted, and that means less rain, more chills, says Atmospheric Scientist Cliff Mass, of the University of Washington.</p><p>The pattern is giddy news for mountain ski areas, all of which should be open with light, fluffy snow this weekend, he says.</p><p>Don't worry, though, the snow should stay away from the Puget Sound lowlands, although the higher foothills may get a dusting tonight or Saturday morning. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:11:55 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7312 at http://kplu.org Chillier and drier will bring white fluffy stuff to the passes Snowmageddon: Gregoire seeks federal money for January snowstorm http://kplu.org/post/snowmageddon-gregoire-seeks-federal-money-january-snowstorm <p>&nbsp;OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster area in 11 Washington counties for damages and costs suffered during January&#39;s snowstorm.</p><div><p>Last month&#39;s storm of snow, ice and freezing rain caused power outages, landslides, avalanches and fallen trees across Washington, creating $32.3 million in potential eligible damages, according to preliminary state and federal assessments.</p><p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:43:51 +0000 The Associated Press 4241 at http://kplu.org Snowmageddon: Gregoire seeks federal money for January snowstorm Snow? Looking likely for Sunday, but only a dusting for most http://kplu.org/post/snow-looking-likely-sunday-only-dusting-most <p>That&#39;s the forecast as of Friday morning, from KPLU and UW weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I don&#39;t know if you&#39;ll wake up to it, but Sunday morning into Sunday, during the day there will be some snow showers,&quot; says Mass.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:51:24 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4238 at http://kplu.org Snow? Looking likely for Sunday, but only a dusting for most Snow? Probably yes, for most of western Washington http://kplu.org/post/snow-probably-yes-most-western-washington <p>But not too much.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s not going to be the big snow-storm,&quot; says KPLU weather expert, and UW professor, Cliff Mass.</p><p>The areas most likely to get a couple inches of snow are the so-called &quot;convergence zone,&quot; between north Seattle and Everett, and in the Bellingham area. For everyone else, Mass says it will be &quot;hit and miss&quot; depending on so many factors that it&#39;s hard to generalize.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:23:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3713 at http://kplu.org Snow? Probably yes, for most of western Washington Rocky Mountains have less snow more warmth http://kplu.org/post/rocky-mountains-have-less-snow-more-warmth <p>Idaho isn&rsquo;t the only state in the west that&rsquo;s been dry for more than a month. Most of the Rocky Mountain region is experiencing lower than normal snowfalls and higher than normal temperatures.</p><p>The general lack of winter forced the cancelation of Idaho&rsquo;s State Special Olympics Winter Games. Boise&rsquo;s local ski area, Bogus Basin, isn&rsquo;t even open yet. In 69 years, Bogus Basin has never seen such a snowless season.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:33:47 +0000 Emily Schwing 3699 at http://kplu.org Rocky Mountains have less snow more warmth The sun is out, but it's cold ... what's happening? http://kplu.org/post/sun-out-its-cold-whats-happening <p>We&#39;re getting some beautiful sunrises and until we set our clocks back, we&rsquo;re all up to see them!</p><p>Today and Saturday we&rsquo;ll get some of those morning sprinkles, but the afternoons clear off with temperatures hitting around 50, and then starting on Saturday afternoon we get some &ldquo;very interesting&rdquo; weather for the Northwest, says KPLU&rsquo;s weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:42:35 +0000 KPLU News Staff 3099 at http://kplu.org The sun is out, but it's cold ... what's happening? Avalanche, heavy snow close I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass for hours http://kplu.org/post/avalanche-heavy-snow-close-i-90-across-snoqualmie-pass-hours <p><i>Updated 9: 21 </i><i>p.m</i><i>.</i></p><p>Avalanche danger, heavy snowfall and spun-out vehicles have kept Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass closed for hours as a winter storm buffets the Washington Cascades. Eastbound lanes reopened late this afternoon, and westbound lanes later Monday evening.</p><p><a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/02/28_cascades_heavy_snow.htm">Transportation officials closed the pass</a>&nbsp;late Monday morning due to eight inches of snow that had fallen since 6 a.m., plus poor visibility and spinouts.</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 02:09:52 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 897 at http://kplu.org Avalanche, heavy snow close I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass for hours We're comfortable driving in the snow? Really, Pemco? http://kplu.org/post/were-comfortable-driving-snow-really-pemco <p>This statement might surprise you. It sure surprised us.&nbsp;</p><p>Pemco Insurance makes the claim, based on a survey it did of Washington drivers. <a href="http://www.pemco.com/about_us/Pages/Washington_drivers_claim_to_be_safer.aspx">Most polled (58%) &nbsp;say</a> they feel &#39;comfortable&#39; behind the wheel when driving on snowy roads.</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:23:25 +0000 KPLU News Staff 867 at http://kplu.org We're comfortable driving in the snow? Really, Pemco? Snow, freezing temperatures http://kplu.org/post/snow-freezing-temperatures <p>The brunt of an arctic cold front is expected to hit Western Washington this afternoon, bringing wind and 2 to 6 inches of snow.&nbsp; National Weather Service meteorologist Art Gable says temperatures &quot;will drop below freezing and remain below into Thursday morning.&quot; A winter storm warning remains in effect through 10 a.m. Thursday.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:02:35 +0000 Paula Wissel 858 at http://kplu.org Snow, freezing temperatures