SEATTLE - Snow fell in spots around Western Washington Wednesday and Thursday morning, bringing more than 2 feet of snow to some spots while sparing others with just a dusting or less.
The Winter Storm Warnings were downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton areas as well as Southwestern Washington/Olympia area and the coast. Random snow showers brought 1 to 2 inches of snow overnight with another 1-2" on Thursday morning in spots.
However, Winter Storm Warnings remained in effect for much of the rest of the region, with 2-4" inches possible in the east King County foothills, northern Olympic Peninsula, San Juan County and up to 2-5" in Snohomish and Skagit Counties, with highest amounts toward Skagit County. An additional inch or two may fall early Thursday morning.
Snow showers began moving into the Everett and north Seattle areas Wednesday evening during the evening commute, slowing traffic and bringing a winter-like look to a city that was basking in sunshine just a few hours before.
In Skagit County, the Skagit River Bridge was blocked northbound for a period Wednesday evening after semi trucks jackknifed across the bridge.
The snow forced school closures and delays across Western Washington, including all Seattle public schools.
A tree toppled across SR-2 at Money Creek Road, snarling traffic there. As a band of snow moved into the South Sound, a crash blocked all lanes of SR-516 in Kent near Meeker Road.
The hardest hit area by far was Skagit County, where some places got well over a foot of snow. One photo showed a car buried under 30" of snow in Mount Vernon while Burlington had near 20-24" of snow and Sedro-Woolley had 12".
Otherwise, North Sound totals ranged from 4-8" and other reports south and east of Seattle had roughly 1-3" -- higher amounts in the foothills.
Meanwhile, the Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula sat in a snow shadow created by flow off the Olympic Mountains -- the sun was even out at times in the Emerald City. But snow gradually made it into the heart of the city late Wednesday night.
Showers will continue to roam around Wednesday night, adding perhaps 1-2" where they fall. The snow will taper off from the north on Thursday, ending in Seattle area by late morning or midday and into the South Sound by afternoon. Thus, Thursday morning's commute could be a challenge depending on how much snow fell and how cold it was overnight. Plan on extra time.
Chilly, and potentially record-breaking cold air will be around for two days. We'll be mostly clear Thursday night with lows in the teens. Highs Friday under sunshine will struggle to get to freezing. Lows Friday night again will be in the teens to low 20s.
Saturday we start to moderate a little to the mid 30s under partly sunny skies.
Long range models indicate we might be playing the snow guessing game again on Saturday night as another system mixes with the cold air in place, but we'll have to see how cold we get after Wednesday's events.
Stay safe out there!
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