Snow sticks around for some, but warmer weather is here

Snow sticks around for some, but warmer weather is here
YouNews contributor "lavendersky" took this photo of the ice-covered Snoqualmie Falls on Sunday as snow was falling.
A system of moisture that brought snow to parts of Western Washington on Sunday evening left the metro area mostly untouched, but a few areas around Puget Sound could see some more of the white stuff before the end of the day.

Several school districts delayed the start of classes on Monday due to icy roads where snow and slush that accumulated on Sunday froze overnight, but most areas remained above freezing early Monday and there were no reports of problems on major highways.

Most of the snow fell in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties on Sunday, where state troopers reported more than 80 collisions, but none caused serious injuries.

Just after midnight, a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries when his patrol car slid off an icy road north of Bothell while he was chasing reckless driver, officials said.

Warmer air has moved into the region, bringing temperatures near 40 degrees for most areas including the greater Puget Sound region, and ending any snow threat there.

The only places still left with some cold air to deal with is the immediate Bellingham/Lynden/Ferndale/Maple Falls areas of Whatcom County, where some arctic air continues to trickle out of the Fraser River Valley, and along the Hood Canal area, where cold easterly wind out of the Cascade mountain passes and smashes into the eastern slopes of the Olympic Mountains and wrings out into snow.

Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect for those two areas from 1 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday for as much as 1-3" there; highest accumulations in the respective hills. Snow will gradually turn over to rain overnight.

One place where snow will continue to accumulate are the Cascades and Olympics. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday for as much as 12-36" of new snow, including at Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass.

Expect very treacherous pass travel with potential for avalanche control closures as we get into late Monday and into Tuesday. Call 511 for the latest pass conditions.

Long range pattern keeps us mild and rainy through the week, with snow threats limited to the mountains.