Seattle, WA

Snow in the forecast for Christmas Day

Liam Ford
Snow on Mt. Rainier isn't an uncommon sight, but snow in Seattle on Christmas? It could happen, the National Weather Service says.| Photo via

SEATTLE, WA — Could it be? A white Christmas in Seattle?

Rain and snow are in the forecast for Christmas Day, with a high temperature of 39 degrees, according to the National Weather Service’s detailed forecast.

“A switch to a much colder weather pattern is likely over the weekend, bringing with it the increased potential for lowland snow chances,” the NWS said in the area forecast discussion today.

Expect “a shift towards much colder conditions across the Pacific Northwest” from Friday through Monday, the NWS added.

And that’s going to lead to some bone-chilling lows before the year is out.

“Temperatures look to remain cold into early next [week], with overnight lows expected to be in the 10s/20s,” the NWS said.

The detailed forecast calls for a likelihood of snow until Monday, with lows down to 28 on Christmas night, and highs barely managing the lows 30s into next week.

That’s a far cry from Seattle’s all-time low of 0 F, which was set Jan. 31, 1950, NWS Seattle said on Twitter.

The NWS has not released a special weather statement for Seattle and surroundings.

But winter weather is in the forecast for southwestern Washington, the NWS said today in a special weather statement.

Snow and ice are forecast for low-lying areas Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Affected areas include the south Washington coast and Cascades, the western and central Columbia River gorge, the I-5 corridor in Cowlitz County, and the greater Vancouver area.

Drivers are encouraged to prepare for delays and winter conditions, and to call 511 for the latest road conditions.

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