WENATCHEE — Old Man Winter is making the most of his extra day this Leap Year.
Snow fell through the night and this morning in most parts of North Central Washington, leaving the Wenatchee Valley with one of its heaviest snowfalls of the winter.
“If not the snowiest, it was the second snowiest day of the winter,” said Rob Miller, National Weather Service forecaster. Trained weather spotters in the area reported between 4 and 6 inches of new snow at various sites. The official heaviest snow day of the year so far in Wenatchee was 5.3 inches on Jan. 19, Miller said.
Orondo School District school buses ran two hours late this morning because of the snow. No other schools reported delays.
Leavenworth reported 6 inches of new snow overnight. The Entiat Valley had 7 inches. Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort reported 5 inches of new snow. Stevens Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie ski resorts both reported 4 inches of new snow.
“This was one of those storms where everything was about equal in terms of snow,” Miller said.
The end of February is traditionally when Central Washington begins to see signs of spring, Miller said, but winter may take its time departing. Cooler and wetter than normal weather is forecast for the next few weeks.
More snow is forecast for today and tonight in the Cascades, along its east slopes and in Okanogan County, where the Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning through 10 p.m. tonight.
New weather systems could bring light snow to the east slopes again Friday and Monday, but Miller said Wenatchee will probably get little precipitation from those storms. Temperatures are forecast to warm to the low 40s Thursday and Friday and into the low 50s by this weekend.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151