The cold snap that started December in Washington should give way this week to more normal cloudy-rainy weather with a chance of light snow in places during the transition.
KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner says the Puget Sound area can expect a chance of light scattered snow showers, especially north of Seattle Monday night. There will be a chance of freezing rain Monday afternoon and through the evening.
"We're not talking significant amounts, certainly nothing like January of 2012," said Renner. "But it only takes a very thin layer of ice to make driving, cycling or walking problematic."
A winter weather advisory was issued for the East Puget Sound lowlands, in effect until noon on Tuesday.
The heaviest snow will fall near the Cascades.
The Department of Transportation is ready to go, with salt and sand, to keep roads in good shape.
"Our motto within our work group is an inch or a foot here in Seattle, the result is the same," said Jim McBride with WSDOT.
Tuesday could start with more freezing rain as temperatures fall into the 20s to low 30s, but it should change to rain in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Temperatures are expected to move into the 40s for the rest of the week.
Some Western Washington schools reported delayed starts Monday. Oak Heights Elementary School in Edmonds was closed Monday after a water pipe burst. At least six classrooms were damaged. Sign up for school closure text alerts
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in Eastern Washington this week with a chance of snow or light freezing rain.