Spring snow storm catches drivers off guard

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 7:36 PM

The second day of Spring began like it was winter as cold temperatures, wind, rain and snow hit parts of Western Washington Thursday.

While some areas were relatively untouched by the storm, many were off guard in Issaquah as hail turned quickly into snow just before 4 p.m. It blanketed the roadways and created a scary situation for drivers as cars spun out and traffic on Issaquah-Hobart Road was stopped.

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"It just came out of nowhere," said Rob Dolliver, driver. "You could see all the cars going, they had snow on them and then we just hit it."

Both directions of State Route 18 was closed through Tiger Mountain due to snow on the road and slick driving conditions; many cars in the area were forced to put chains on their tires.

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KING 5 Chief Meterologist Jeff Renner says there's a chance of isolated thunder or ice pellet showers, possibly with localized wet snow later Thursday night.

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"The best chance for this will be along or near the Cascade foothills (east of I-405, for example) and north of Seattle to Marysville," said Renner. "We're looking mainly at elevations of 4-500' or above...though the snow level could drop lower in heavy showers. Given temperatures running in the low to mid 40's, the potential for accumulation will be extremely limited - perhaps an inch or so of slush."

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