Massive fog advisory issued for metro Washington
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has issued a massive fog advisory for parts of Washington state and surrounding areas, warning that the weather will be treacherous.
The advisory for Metro stations in Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett, which includes the Seattle International Airport, has been in effect since Tuesday evening.
It warns of heavy snowfall in the Puget Sound area and severe fog, especially on the south shore.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday evening that the conditions are forecast to be hazardous.
The weather service warned that heavy snow is forecast throughout much of the Pugilts, especially in the central and northern regions.
Temperatures will drop into the low teens, the weather service said, with winds up to 60 mph (105 kph).
The weather will become more severe in the Seattle area as the storm moves into the northern part of the state.
“Snow may continue to accumulate in the area over the next few days, with the heaviest accumulation occurring along the coast of Washington,” the weather agency said.
In the north-central region, the forecast for heavy snow accumulation will become “more severe, with up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow, and heavy winds of up to 70 mph (113 kph),” the weather bureau said.
Snow is expected to accumulate along the Pugets shores as well.
The storm could be worse than last year, with snowfall expected to increase into the mid-40s, the Weather Bureau said.
As of Tuesday evening, the city of Seattle was already seeing a significant amount of snow on the streets and highways, and there was snowfall on the sidewalks.
On Monday, there were about 15 inches (35 centimeters) snowfall along the west side of the city, and more than 13 inches (37 centimeters) along the south side.