Winter Weather Forecast in Seattle

Pike Place Market during a snowstorm

February tends to be the snowiest month in Seattle. | Photo by Alberto Villagomez

Hey, Seattleites — with winter on the way weather you like it or not, we couldn’t resist taking a peep ahead in the forecast.

Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect for Dec., Jan., + Feb.

While exact weather conditions like snowfall typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, accurate seasonal outlooks can help communities prepare for what winter will bring. Here’s what’s coming in our city:

🌡️ Temperature

Bundle up. This winter, Seattle has a 50-60% chance of temperatures being lower than normal.

🌨️ Precipitation

Raindrops keep falling on our heads. Seattle has a 50-60% chance of seeing above average rain and snowfall for this time of year.

By the month: December

Seattle’s average high-temperature in December is 43.7℉, but we might see more days closer to the average low-temperature of 35.1℉ — or perhaps even temps that approach freezing. November was one of the soggiest on record, with more than 8 inches falling in the city. But with above average rain predicted, December may just say, “Hold my beer.”

By the month: January

Seattle’s temperatures in January are usually a tick higher than the previous month, with an average high of 45℉ and an average low of 36℉. The good news is that the days are starting to get longer, with a half hour more daylight on average than December typically has.

By the month: February

Seattle’s average high-temperature in February is 46.2℉ and the average low is 35.2℉. This is also the month it usually snows the most, with an average accumulation of 0.71”. That may not sound like much, but we’ve seen some big snowstorms over the past few years, and those winterland wonderland vibes could continue. Bonus: here are the NOAA’s winter safety tips. ❄️

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