Snow gives way to rain


by By KING Staff and Staff

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:34 PM

Video: Snow flurries in spots across Western Wash.

SEATTLE - Light snow fell on many Puget Sound-area neighborhoods Tuesday morning.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said the greatest accumulations were in Pierce, Thurston and Mason counties, where 1-2" of snow fell.

About a half-dozen schools closed for the day - mostly along Hood Canal - and several other schools started late.

Some drivers had a white knuckle ride into work. One bus rider got to watch the action unfold.

"I actually watched a big truck slide down the hill and another car just came out of the driveway and was just kind of spinning down the hill a little bit but it made it, so it's not too bad," said Rachel Evans of Tacoma.

Temperatures were warmer than on Monday, when temperatures dipped in the low to mid 20s in Western Washington. By midday Tuesday, temperatures on the coast had risen to the mid-40s, and that warmer air would be moving inland.

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Marriott said a weak area of high pressure will move through on Thursday for a little sunshine and just few rain showers.

"A weak front will brush by to the north of the State on Wednesday night into early Thursday for a few rain showers, but skies should clear to partly sunny Thursday afternoon," he said.

A stronger front should push through the state on Friday for some steady rain in the morning, changing to showers later in the day. On Saturday we'll see clearing skies with only a few lingering showers.

Beginning on Sunday a series of fronts should brush by the Pacific Northwest later this week and on into next week. This should give us a mix of rain and occasional sunbreaks with temperatures mostly in the 40s and lows in the 30s.

"Very close to normal for the first week of February," said Marriott