SEATTLE -- The much-anticipated snow began moving into the Puget Sound area Wednesday morning, bringing several inches of wet snow north of Seattle, some of the foothills and parts of Whidbey Island. The snow is hampering driving and prompted several several schools to delay or cancel classes. Check school closures and delays
While Seattle and the south sound was fairly snow-free in the morning, residents in Arlington, Darrington and Anacortes reported getting over eight inches of snow accumulations.
By this afternoon, however, forecasters say several inches of widespread snow will hit the entire region. Drivers are advised to plan for a challenging afternoon commute.
"We could see some spotty accumulations of snow, of one-to-two inches, through early afternoon," said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott. "It looks like as we head towards this afternoon and at least this evening, we're going to see those heaviest snow showers probably between Tacoma and Everett."
Snow accumulations will likely range from an inch or two to as much as eight inches from roughly Federal Way north through Seattle to roughly Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace through midday Thursday, said Marriott. Areas north of Everett and south of Tacoma will likely get a trace to four inches.
Afternoon and evening commuters may have to deal with the heavy snow. State and local transportation departments are deploying snow removal vehicles to handle any problem areas.
Sound Transit has added two additional trains for southbound riders who want to head home early.
Sound Transit will run an early southbound train from King Street Station in Seattle at 2:30 p.m. This train leave Tukwila at 2:42 p.m., Kent at 2:49 p.m., Auburn at 2:56 p.m., Sumner at 3:05 p.m., and Puyallup at 3:09 p.m. before arriving in Tacoma at 3:30 p.m.
A northbound commute train to Seattle will depart Tacoma Dome Station at 3:50 p.m., departing Puyallup at 4:02 p.m., Sumner at 4:07 p.m., Auburn at 4:15 p.m., Kent at 4:22 p.m., and Tukwila at 4:29 p.m. before reaching Seattle at 4:48 p.m.
It's possible even higher amounts of snow, more than eight inches, could fall near the foothills in the easterrn parts of Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.
The area should see mostly sunny skies and very cold temperatures Friday.