The latest update from the National Weather Service (NWS) describes the expected storm as a “crippling and potentially historic blizzard.”
A blizzard warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to midnight Tuesday night.
Potential hazards include heavy snow and blowing snow, with blizzard conditions, and snow accumulations of 20 to 30 inches. Higher amounts of snowfall are possible.
Snowfall rates are predicted to be up to 2 to 4 inches per hour late Monday night into Tuesday morning, with winds north 30 to 40 mph, gusting up to 55 to 65 mph.
Heaviest snow on Tuesday
The NWS says light snow will begin Monday morning. The snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening, with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.
Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 20s.
‘Life-threatening conditions’ possible
The NWS advised there may be “life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds…with whiteout conditions.
“Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable,” the NWS continued. “Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”
Click below to read about past major blizzards in Shelton: