Cooler temperatures may signal snow in western Kitsap County

A pair of pedestrians with umbrellas cross in front of the viking ship mural in downtown Poulsbo on a rainy Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
A pair of pedestrians with umbrellas cross in front of the viking ship mural in downtown Poulsbo on a rainy Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.

A system bringing cooler air and precipitation to the region will mean a possibility of snow overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday, and the chance is greater for those who live in western Kitsap County.

Kirby Cook, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said cooler temperatures ushered in on Monday morning are expected to continue for the next few days, meaning any precipitation that arrives with it brings the possibility of snow. Snow levels could drop to the surface everywhere, but the heavier amounts are predicted to be in western Kitsap County, closer to the Hood Canal.

"This is pretty typical in this kind of pattern, where we get upslope flow into the Olympics, and cold air that gets trapped in the Hood Canal acts like a ramp," Cook said, setting the stage for a decent amount of snow.

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As of Monday morning, the chance of more than 1 inch falling in the area near Hood Canal was 70%, Cook said.

"The most likely is around 1, maybe an inch to three inches," Cook said.

As of Monday morning, there were no winter weather watches or warnings issued by the National Weather Service for any portion of Kitsap County. Cook said that could change as forecasters monitor conditions throughout the day.

As the system moves in, the period of heaviest snow could be on Tuesday night, as temperatures could rise on Wednesday morning, Cook said.

Cook said the system will affect to varying degrees all of Western Washington: "It does look like right now, the forecast as it's bearing out, the Kitsap Peninsula is one of the spots that could see more snow."

"The most important thing is for folks to keep an eye on the forecast and use it to make decisions," Cook said, adding that it could be treacherous overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday.

"If it's going to be snowing, probably not a good idea to go out unless you have to," he said.

This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: Weather system could bring significant snowfall to western Kitsap