After a snowstorm snarled traffic on Saturday night, Western Washington will return to mild and wet weather through the week and the mountains will get another good dose of much-needed snow.
“A warm front, bringing rain and milder temperatures from the Pacific, is approaching our area,” KING 5 Meteorologist Mary Lee said Sunday. “We'll see some showers tonight with more rain moving in overnight and into tomorrow morning.”
A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Cascades for Monday, with 6 to 12 inches of snow expected on the west slopes and passes.
There will be a little break in precipitation before the next stronger warm front arrives Tuesday. Rain will be heavy at times with breezy winds. Snow levels will rise above 5500 feet, with the only snow accumulation likely at the higher ski resorts. Radar
The weather system Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning will bring three to five inches of rain to the Olympics. Futurecast
Temperatures will be in the 40s and possibly around 50 this week.
Man dies in one of hundreds of crashes
A man died Saturday night in a crash in Lake Stevens that the Washington State Patrol say was weather related. Troopers responded to hundreds of collisions around the Puget Sound area during the snowstorm.
The main roads were mostly clear and wet Sunday morning, but problems remained.
Diane Radford called a tow truck to help pull her vehicle from a ditch after she lost control and spun out in the snow Saturday night.
“It was just real slick,” said Radford.
Her car was alongside other vehicles that slid off a road in Federal Way. Several tow truck companies were in the area helping pull out vehicles stuck in ditches Sunday.
“A long 24 hours a lot of crazy people out here. They have no business being out here,” said tow truck driver Charles McGuire.
McGuire said he worked through the night helping motorists. He believes the road conditions are improving, but drivers still need to be cautious.
“Take your time. If you don’t know what you are doing stay home for the day,” said McGuire
“One of the big issues we’re having right now is there’s a lot of cars that have been abandoned and our troopers are having to go through there now and they’re impounding any car that’s in a hazardous area or blocking the roadway,” said Trooper Chris Webb.
State Patrol impounds abandoned vehicles
The State Patrol said vehicles that were left blocking lanes and ramps were impounded for the obvious public safety risk. They could easily cause a collision, they impede emergency vehicles, plow/sand trucks, and commuters.
Vehicles abandoned after collisions are impounded because they are a traffic hazard and they generate 911 calls. That takes a dispatcher away from possibly a more emergent call and ties up 911 lines.
The system that dumped snow on the Portland area began making its way north in the afternoon and hit the Olympia area by about 6 pm Saturday.
KING 5 viewers reported slick conditions around the region.
Kevin Moore said roads in and out of Centralia, Chehalis and Napavine were treacherous.
"As of 5:30pm, the snow has been falling at a rate of 1.5" per hour with a total of 6 inches as of 7:42pm," he said.
By 8 p.m., Olympia had nearly four inches and Grand Mound more than three inches.
At 9:45pm a two-car accident on SR 9 in Lake Stevens stopped traffic for hours. A 69-year-old man did not survive his injuries. State Patrol said that weather and speed appear to be factors in the accident.
The snow began falling in downtown Seattle at about 6 p.m. The roads were wet but with the SR 520 bridge closed for the weekend, traffic on the I-90 bridge quickly slowed to a crawl.
- Snowfall records set at Sea-Tac, with 2.9 inches, and Olympia, with 3.2 inches.
- Troopers and King County Sheriff Deputies responded to more than 150 accidents and abandoned vehicles
- Troopers responded to more than 200 collisions in Pierce and Thurston Counties
Centralia - 6.5 inches
Tenino - 4.6 inches
Eatonville - 6 inches
Bonney Lake - 4.5 inches
Olympia/Lacey - 4 inches
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