Snow flurries in South Sound as cold snap dies out

Snow flurries in South Sound as cold snap dies out
Snow covers the ground Tuesday morning on Puyallup's South Hill. (Photo by Eric Heintz)
SEATTLE - The National Weather Service says temperatures are moderating in Washington on Tuesday with only light morning snowfall, mostly around the southern Puget Sound region and Grays Harbor County.

Forecasters canceled a winter weather advisory for the east Puget Sound lowlands, while up to an inch of snow fell in areas from Puyallup's South Hill to Olympia.

The final day of the freezing cold snap also froze pipes and flooded buildings, including the Rieke Science Center at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Snowfall created many beautiful scenes through the South Sound, from snow-flocked trees to the serene setting around Capitol Lake in Olympia. But it also stuck on some roadways, keeping road crews very busy.

They started early, laying down de-icer where needed. Still - a few schools in Thurston County put their snow or emergency bus schedules in play. Others ran on a delayed schedule.

And for commuters who rely on the bus or chose it today to avoid driving in the snow, those routes ran on time.

Forecasters expect a mostly dry day Wednesday then rain Thursday in Western Washington with mountain snow and light snow in Eastern Washington.