A little drier weather ahead, and the most amazing snow

Dec 21, 2012

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.

"This is a day where you can't just look at the SeaTac forecast for your locale. There's tremendous variability," says Mass, because of the effects of the mountains and "rain shadows."

The weekend will bring clouds and late-afternoon showers, both Saturday and Sunday, but probably nothing too slick on the roadways to worry about.

Right now, the mountains are 150-250% of normal snowfall -- beating the Rockies, he says.

For the details, in the interview -- click the "listen" button above.

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The weekly KPLU feature "Weather with Cliff Mass" airs every Friday at 9 a.m. immediately following BirdNote, and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered. The feature is hosted by KPLU’s Science and Health reporter Keith Seinfeld. Cliff Mass is a University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, a renowned Seattle weather prognosticator, and a popular weather blogger. You can also subscribe to a podcast of “Weather with Cliff Mass” shows.