Convergence zone brings sloppy commute to North Sound

Convergence zone brings sloppy commute to North Sound
LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- A pesky Puget Sound Convergence Zone brought an afternoon snow to parts of the Puget Sound region Monday afternoon, bring a slushy start to the evening commute in some spots while others were basking in some late winter sunshine.

The zone was focused in southern Snohomish and northern King Counties during the mid afternoon, and reports of minor mainly-roadside accumulations were coming in from Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Bothell and Mill Creek. However, temperatures remained just above freezing and there were no reports of any major travel issues, and snow was already beginning to melt as of later Monday afternoon.

Heavier snows were reported further east as a witness said there were two inches on the ground in Clearview with more falling.

The band of snow was drifting south and east further into northern King County, where it was expected to weaken and eventually fizzle. No significant accumulations were expected.

Outside the zone, the sun was shining. Much of the greater Tacoma area was reporting mostly sunny skies. The dichotomy also made for a wide range of temperatures. Everett was reporting 34 degrees in the snow while it was 47 degrees just down I-5 at Seattle's Boeing Field.

As the zone fizzles and skies generally clear, temperatures will drop overnight into the low-mid 30s with outlying areas perhaps dropping into the upper 20s, presenting a chance for black ice in the morning. Meanwhile, some leftover scattered showers will be roaming around that could bring another burst of wet snow or rain/snow mix above 400-500 feet but any accumulations will remain under 1".

By Wednesday, skies will be sunny with highs near 50, and even warmer temperatures are expected on Wednesday with highs climbing into the upper 50s.