While many of us dream of a white Christmas, the more likely scenario on Mercer Island will be a day with more of a gray hue.
The National Weather Service, however, said on Sunday that there's a slight chance that snow could fall in our area on Christmas morning.
In a "Special Weather Statement", the NWS forecasters say rain and cloudy skies are in the forecast for several days to come, but on Christmas Day, a chance of snow before 10am and a snow level of 300 feet could bring a little of the white stuff our way, at least for a few hours. The snow is expected to switch over to rain with an east southeast wind 12 to 17 mph in the morning, with a high near 42. Little or no accumulation is expected.
The NWS statement says there's typically less than a 1-in-10 chance to see snow on Christmas Day on Mercer Island. The last time Mercer Island had a "White Christmas" was in 2008.
There will be plenty of the fluffy, white stuff in the higher elevations. At Snoqualmie Pass, up to a foot of new snow was expected this weekend.
As always, winter driving conditions are expected in various parts of Western Washington, including Snoqualmie Pass. Check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for updated conditions and alerts. If a skiing or snowboarding vacation is on your holiday agenda, “epic snow” was expected to make an appearance at local resorts.
As of Nov. 1, winter driving laws are in effect in Washington. To brush up on the WSDOT traction advisories, click here.