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SEATTLE — While most of the lowland snow has passed, for now, the arctic air mass that settled across Puget Sound over Christmas is here to stay for the last few days of 2021. Earlier snow forecasts largely held up for the holiday weekend, with many communities across the region accumulating 3 to 6 inches from early Sunday morning into the afternoon.

While the bulk of the snowfall has rolled out of town, barring a few flurries here and there, dangerously cold temperatures look unlikely to break freezing before Thursday, and more snow could be in the cards later in the week.

The back edge of the main snow band have moved through most of Seattle and will continue to push east through this evening. This will bring and end to the bulk of the snowfall for the metro area. Light flurries will remain possible through the overnight hours. #wawx

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) December 26, 2021

Forecasters expect most will wake up with lows in the teens Monday morning, and afternoon highs will be stuck in the low 20s for the Seattle area, despite partly sunny skies. Persistent wind in some areas will make for even more significant impacts.

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“Monday morning lows for the lowland regions will be 0-15 degrees; with the coldest locations in Western Whatcom, San Juans, and along the Northeastern Olympic Peninsula,” NWS Seattle wrote Sunday. “The aforementioned locations are going to continue to experience gusty winds, which will create wind chill values [from] -20 – 0 degrees. Winds will be lighter for the rest of the region so wind chill will be less of a factor.”

Evening crews are gearing up for continued snow and ice maintenance on runways, taxilanes, and the ramps. The snow impacted many travelers today. Thanks for hanging in there. Stay in touch with your airline for possible delays and cancellations.

— Seattle-Tacoma Intl. Airport (@flySEA) December 27, 2021

The prolonged cold snap means the recent snow will not have a chance to melt, and unplowed or untreated surfaces will continue to present hazards for drivers and pedestrians over the next several days.

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(NWS Seattle)

As the severe cold continues throughout Western Washington, Seattle, King County and Pierce County have opened additional warming centers for people without adequate access to heat or shelter.

It’s going to be very cold and snowy in WA for the next several days. A community warming center can give you needed relief from the chilling temperatures. Call 2-1-1 to find one or visit the 211 Emergency Shelters page for more information,

— WA Dept. of Health (@WADeptHealth) December 26, 2021

Daytime temperatures are currently forecast to rebound into the upper 30s by Thursday, but the slight warmup looks like it will coincide with the return of moisture, adding even more snow and ice to the mix. Another system could move through the region over New Year’s weekend, but forecasters believe temperatures will improve enough for just rain in the lowlands. More details on the late-week forecast will be shared in the coming days.

Here is the five-day weather outlook for the Seattle area:

  • Monday: 23°/20° (Partly sunny, PM clouds)
  • Tuesday: 31°/20° (Partly sunny, PM chance of snow)
  • Wednesday: 29°/24° (Sunny, PM snow likely)
  • Thursday: 37°/28° (Rain/snow)
  • Friday: 35°/25° (Chance of snow)

Very cold temperatures tonight ranging from 5-15 degrees. Wind chills will be -10 below across Whatcom County and the San Juan Islands. If you are heading outside, it will be important to bundle for the cold weather. Very cold temperatures for the area through Wednesday. #WAwx

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) December 26, 2021

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