UPDATE: According to the National Weather Service, Pierce County is expected to get 6 to 14 inches of snow on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Western Washington. Pierce County can expect to receive 6 to 14 inches of snow on Wednesday beginning after midnight. Emergency Management is urging residents and businesses to take the time to prepare homes and vehicles for the upcoming snow storm. For more information on how to prepare, visit www.piercecountywa.gov/prepare.
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter storm watch on Monday. The NWS posted the following notice on its website:
An upper level weather system will move across Western Washington today giving locally heavy snow showers in the area. Cold Continental air dropping in from the north will possible help focus snow shower activity late tonight through Tuesday. The chances for a major winter storm moving into Western Washington late Tuesday night through Wednesday is increasing.
According to the NWS, winter storm watch remains in effect from midnight tonight through Tuesday afternoon. Another winter storm watch is also in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening.
Snow accumulations up to 3 inches are possible tonight through Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wednesday's storm could bring 6 to 14 inches of snow.
Local drivers should watch for icy roads, and the NWS suggests carrying an extra flashlight, food, water and blankets in case of emergency.
Here's the forecast for the upcoming week in Gig Harbor:
M.L.King Day: Snow showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. South southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight: Snow showers likely, mainly after 10pm. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 33. Southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tuesday: Snow showers. High near 35. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming northeast. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tuesday Night: Snow. Low around 28. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph becoming north northeast. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Wednesday: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 33. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Wednesday Night: Snow before 10pm, then rain. Snow level rising to 1100 feet. Low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday: Rain. High near 47. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Thursday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 40.
Friday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44.
Friday Night: Rain. Cloudy and breezy, with a low around 39.
Saturday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44.
Saturday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 36.
Sunday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 42.