Forecasters Predict December Could be the Wettest on Record

Although it’s the rain that keeps breaking records in Western Washington, it’s the snow that has people talking.

According to The News Tribune, forecasters initially predicted light snow could fall in the lowlands Christmas Day but said it probably wouldn’t stick.

Now, it’s more likely Christmas will bring a bit of sunshine and highs in the upper 30s.

There have only been five “White Christmases” in Seattle in the last 120 years, most recently in 2008. The National Weather Service defines a White Christmas as having at least 1 inch of snow. The other years were 1990, 1965, 1924 and 1909.

Although snow might not make an appearance this week, rain most certainly will. It’s expected to stay wet through Thursday before possibly picking back up Sunday.

On Monday, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport marked its sixth-wettest December with 10.03 inches of precipitation. It’s likely to bump into fourth place by late Wednesday, the Weather Service said.

Most of the state also is at more than 100 percent of its normal snowpack. The snow depth at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park is now nine feet. Crystal Mountain Ski Resort has received more than 15 feet this season, 21 inches of which fell in the last two days, and all lifts are open across the 2,600-acre resort.

About 26 inches of snow fell at Snoqualmie Pass on Monday, causing multiple spin-outs and temporarily shutting down the freeway. The snow level is expected to drop to 1,500 feet, and a winter storm warning remains in the Cascade mountains through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

U.S. 12 at White Pass is scheduled to open around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Sections of the highway closed Dec. 9 after a deluge of rain washed out the road.

With all the fresh powder and continued rain, the Northwest Avalanche Center is warning that avalanche danger in the Cascades is “considerable.”

With all of the adverse weather conditions, from rain to snow, traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the rest of the year surrounding the holidays.

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