Snow across Western Washington quickly turns to rain

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 7:06 PM

A brief and, at times, heavy snowfall across Western Washington Friday morning quickly turned to rain and began melting. But, not before wiping out or delaying classes in dozens of school districts.

The snow started overnight up north and moved south. By late morning, most of the snow had turned to rain for most areas, and by midday most of the snow on the ground had melted. People living north of Seattle and in Hood Canal saw a few more lingering snow flurries as the day went on.

Several school districts reported closures or delays. Most of the closures were north of Seattle.

The Kent School District was one of the few that decided to open on time, but there were reports that students had a hard time getting to class due to the slick road conditions and accidents.

Some Metro and Sound Transit buses were getting stuck on icy hills. Bus drivers weren't the only ones who spun out. As they snow became more compact on the eastside, the roads became even more slick.

In Seattle, snow made driving a little tricky. Side streets were covered with snow for several hours, and transportation officials had to shut down a few hills until temperatures warmed up.

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KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said accumulations ranged from 2-to-6 inches north of Everett; 1-to-4 inches from Everett to Sea-Tac Airport; and from a trace-to-two inches south of Sea-Tac.

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The rain will likely wash away most of the snow before the Friday evening commute.

Highs will be in the low-to-mid 40s.

The mountains, as you might expect, will see much more snow. The heaviest snowfall will be in the morning, changing to snow and rain at Snoqualmie Pass. 8-to-16 inches are possible.

After Friday’s snow, expect rain showers for the weekend with steady rain Monday.

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