A major winter storm is on tap this weekend, but Anacortes and western Skagit County will be spared the worst of it.
The weather service is forecasting from 3-5 inches of new snow from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon for western Skagit County.
Cold temperatures will continue, with a forecast low of 23 tonight for Anacortes. But, Burlington airport was reporting 19 degrees at 4pm Friday. Saturday’s high should be around 29 with Sunday’s high right at freezing.
They are forecasting 10-18 inches of snow near the Hood Canal, with 5-12 inches in other areas on the Kitsap peninsula and from Olympia to Chehalis and across to Ocean Shores.
In general, lighter amounts of snow will occur near the Cascade foothills, with heavier amounts further west along the shore of Puget Sound. It’s possible the snow will turn to sleet and freezing rain on Sunday.