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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:07 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Mass: Chances Of Snow This Weekend, But Don't Bet The House On It

Don't bet your cat on it, either.
Shannon Kringen Flickr via Compfight

The weekend forecast includes chances of snow, but nothing's for certain, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

"This is a hard one," said Mass. “There’s a lot of uncertainty here. I’ll tell you that right in the beginning.”

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Weather with Cliff Mass
11:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Mass: Heavy Rain, Strong Winds And Snow In The Mountains This Weekend

Tim Durkan

This weekend will bring heavy rain, strong winds and snow in the mountains, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“You can expect everything this weekend,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

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Snow Science
5:01 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water

UW reserahcres found that in temperate climates, snow melts faster under trees than in clearings.
Kael Martin University of Washington

Quick quiz: In springtime, does snow melt faster out in the open or in the shade? 

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, it might be just the opposite.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:48 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Mass: Friday is the Calm before First Big Storm of Season

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Tim Durkan

"Today is the calm before the storm," says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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.

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Snow Day
5:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Seattleites to truck in snow for snowball fight record attempt

roceanpatel Flickr

A group of Seattle professionals are gearing up this week to try and break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest snowball fight, and they’re doing it in a place where, typically, there is no snow: Seattle Center.

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.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:09 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A little drier weather ahead, and the most amazing snow

Wet, snowy and windy weather caused nearly 100 trees to crash down across Mount Baker Highway just west of the ski area.
WSDOT

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.

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.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Chillier and drier will bring white fluffy stuff to the passes

Snoqualmie Pass could soon look a lot like it did in December of 2007.
WSDOT

The weather pattern has shifted, and that means less rain, more chills, says Atmospheric Scientist Cliff Mass, of the University of Washington.

The pattern is giddy news for mountain ski areas, all of which should be open with light, fluffy snow this weekend, he says.

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.

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Winter Storm
11:43 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Snowmageddon: Gregoire seeks federal money for January snowstorm

The storm that started slow ended tough.
The Associated Press

 OLYMPIA, Wash. — 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's snowstorm.

Last month'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.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:51 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Snow? Looking likely for Sunday, but only a dusting for most

Just a dusting for most, but there will be some snow.
Shannon Kringen Flickr

That's the forecast as of Friday morning, from KPLU and UW weather expert Cliff Mass.

"I don't know if you'll wake up to it, but Sunday morning into Sunday, during the day there will be some snow showers," says Mass.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:23 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Snow? Probably yes, for most of western Washington

A vision of things to come ...
Adam DeClercq Flickr

But not too much. 

"It's not going to be the big snow-storm," says KPLU weather expert, and UW professor, Cliff Mass.

The areas most likely to get a couple inches of snow are the so-called "convergence zone," between north Seattle and Everett, and in the Bellingham area. For everyone else, Mass says it will be "hit and miss" depending on so many factors that it's hard to generalize.

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Weather
11:33 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Rocky Mountains have less snow more warmth

A high pressure ridge is keeping the low pressure systems that bring snow and rain out of the Rocky Mountains.
Evan Leeson Flickr

Idaho isn’t the only state in the west that’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.

The general lack of winter forced the cancelation of Idaho’s State Special Olympics Winter Games. Boise’s local ski area, Bogus Basin, isn’t even open yet. In 69 years, Bogus Basin has never seen such a snowless season.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:42 am
Fri November 4, 2011

The sun is out, but it's cold ... what's happening?

The view of a sunrise from Tacoma on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Jake Ellison KPLU

We're getting some beautiful sunrises and until we set our clocks back, we’re all up to see them!

Today and Saturday we’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 “very interesting” weather for the Northwest, says KPLU’s weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Transportation
6:09 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Avalanche, heavy snow close I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass for hours

The scene at Denny Creek along I-90 in east King County late Monday afternoon. Snow has been falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour.
WSDOT

Updated 9: 21 p.m.

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.

Transportation officials closed the pass late Monday morning due to eight inches of snow that had fallen since 6 a.m., plus poor visibility and spinouts.

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Driver Survey
12:23 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

We're comfortable driving in the snow? Really, Pemco?

But is the driver comfortable navigating on our snowy, icy roads?
@Brycej Twitpic

This statement might surprise you. It sure surprised us. 

Pemco Insurance makes the claim, based on a survey it did of Washington drivers. Most polled (58%)  say they feel 'comfortable' behind the wheel when driving on snowy roads.

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winter weather
8:02 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Snow, freezing temperatures

Snow falls on Olympia commuters during the 7 a.m. commute today. More is on the way for most of Western Washington.
WSDOT

The brunt of an arctic cold front is expected to hit Western Washington this afternoon, bringing wind and 2 to 6 inches of snow.  National Weather Service meteorologist Art Gable says temperatures "will drop below freezing and remain below into Thursday morning." A winter storm warning remains in effect through 10 a.m. Thursday.

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