Crossing the passes? Friday day and Sunday through afternoon your best bet

King 5

After a stormy Thanksgiving around Western Washington, weather conditions were much quieter Friday, with better driving conditions across the passes for the Apple Cup.

"We're looking at the mountains to stay fairly dry today; down here in the lowlands, we'll probably see some sun breaks a little bit later on," said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott.

Most of the mountain passes, including Snoqualmie, Stevens, Blewett, White, reported bare and wet conditions with slush and ice in spots midday Friday.  No restrictions were in place, except for Sherman Pass and Mount Baker Highway, where traction tires were advised.

Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker ski areas officially opened Friday. Mount Baker was blasted with 30 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.

A few showers will move through the south sound into the mountains Friday, but snow accumulations will only be 1-2 inches at most. With one more wave of snow and rain hitting overnight Friday, Marriott says the best times to travel is daytime Friday and Sunday through mid afternoon.

"Overnight Friday, we'll see more accumulations with another more organized system moving in and wetting us down as we head towards Saturday," said Marriott.

Marriott expects steady rain early Saturday changing to showers later in the day. Showers should end by early on Sunday with clouds, and a few sun breaks through much of the day,  then another round of rain may begin to move in by late afternoon Sunday.

Copyright 2016 KING


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