Weekend storm expected to drop snow across northern Arizona

Pablo Tucker
February 13, 2021

The second in a series of three storms is forecast to hit the Pacific Northwest this weekend, putting 8 million people under winter weather alerts.

Less than an inch of snow is forecast on the Cape and Islands, and up to 2 inches could fall in Boston, Worcester, Springfield and the Berkshires, the weather service said. Accumulations of snow, if any, are expected to be on the lighter side. Portland and Seattle could see more than a year's worth of snow before Valentine's Day.

The weather service said Friday night holds a high potential of more snow through much of the metro area, with significant ice accumulations west of the city.

The blockbuster snow event will arrive late Friday into Saturday, tracking closer to Washington state and setting the stage for heavier widespread snowfall.

There could be a little snow thrown in there as well, for some. New accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are possible. Northeast wind around 5 miles per hour.

It's still a low-confidence forecast, as is the case most often with winter precipitation in Alabama, but the threat is enough to warrant a heads up.

Monday - Presidents' Day - brings a chance of snow and sleet forecast again throughout the day and another chance at snow and sleet Monday night and Tuesday before 4 p.m. The weather service says up 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow are possible in the White Mountains. The main factor will be the influence of cold air coming from the gorge.

However, there's a chance for more winter mischief on Wednesday, according to forecasters, but it's too early to say if freezing rain or snow will be an issue.

These totals are dwarfed by the forecast totals across the higher elevations of the Cascades in Washington and northern Oregon.

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