Snow falls across parts of Western Washington

Snow falls across parts of Western Washington
YouNews contributor "chadvy" sent in this photo from Lynden, Wash. on Sunday.
SEATTLE -- There were a few winners in the "snow lottery" Sunday, but for most people, hopes and dreams of a big snowball fight will have to wait until our next snow event.

Light snow was reported in spots of Whatcom County, near Olympia, and around Stanwood through the day, while flurries gave just a tantalizing "what if" to several other cities who ended up with just a dusting to green lawns anyway.

A weak convergence zone was centered over Island and northern Snohomish County/Skagit County late Sunday evening, bringing a steady snow there, and a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. These areas could still see 1-2", especially toward the higher hills in the eastern areas of the counties.

That zone could drift a little south toward Everett overnight, but the Olympic Mountains were blocking most of the moisture from reaching the Puget Sound area, and outside the areas mentioned in the advisory, moisture is quite limited and temperatures are at or a little above freezing, meaning the accumulating snow chances are just about nil. All other warnings/advisories have been cancelled for Sunday.

(There is one last hope for snow fans, and that's if the cold wind out of the Fraser really kicks up overnight and cools us off further, but so far, there are no signs of that happening.)

Lows are still expected to drop into the upper 20s/low 30s, so we do have some freezing/ice concerns where it did rain/snow Sunday.

A few school districts have already delayed classes for Monday morning, and there may be a few more before we're done with this latest system of moisture as temperatures dip overnight and cause slush on area roads to freeze.

City and county road crews are out in force spreading anti-icing material, and officials say they will be monitoring roads throughout the night.

We're back into a lull Monday morning through about early afternoon, and then a big warm front begins to move in during the evening from the southwest, reaching the Northern part of the state last during the night. (Note this is a little later than earlier forecasts. For many of you, the bulk of the daylight hours could end up dry).

Despite this being a warm storm, cold air is expected to linger in Whatcom/Skagit/Island Counties along the Hood Canal/Eastern Olympic Foothills to be a steady snow here. Potential for 1-3" exists of new snow in the Northern Interior Monday night, and perhaps some spots could see 4-8" along the Hood Canal. (See chart here for what constitutes "Hood Canal". A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect here from Monday afternoon through Monday evening.

For the Puget Sound area, odds are higher that this is just going to be a rain event from start to finish -- maybe a brief mix at the start, but nothing troubling at this point. We'll see how cold we get Sunday night, but odds are we'll be above freezing when the precipitation arrives. So I'm going to bet the only places that will have snow issues Tuesday morning is the Hood Canal area

For the coast and southern Washington (south of Olympia), this precipitation is likely rain or a mix-to-rain or just rain, and no issues expected here.

Tuesday, we've completed our shift to warmer and wetter with a very rainy rest of the week in store.