Snow hits foothills of Western Washington

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 4:19 AM

SEATTLE -- Wintery weather made a comeback to Western Washington Friday morning, bringing a mix of rain and snow to the Puget Sound region. Some areas north of Seattle had some slush and ice in spots, but for most of the Puget Sound region, temperatures were still too warm for snow accumulations.

"Being above freezing, we're not looking for ice to form in most spots, so we're going to be in reasonably good condition for driving around the sound this morning," said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott. "Getting into the foothills, you might see a little of that sticking on the road. But these warmer temperatures are helping out a bit."

Snow levels were around 500 feet with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s early Friday. Snohomish and northern King County were getting heavier rain, and areas such as Sedro Woolley, Sumas and Kendall reported some snow on the ground, creating some slush on streets.

Marriott said higher hills like Tiger, Cougar, Squak, Somerset - and possibly the Newport Hills, Renton Highlands or East the East Hill area of Kent - could also get some snow accumulations.

Traction tires are advised in both directions on I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass. Chains are required to the drive up to Mount Baker.

Through the day, temperatures will remain mostly in the upper 30s to low 40s with the snow level rising closer to 700 to 1,000 feet. Marriott predicts some rainshowers with sunbreaks in the afternoon; temperatures will be cold, but still above freezing.

"Overnight tonight, we could see some wet slushy snow accumulate by early tomorrow morning, especially out toward the foothills, especially south and east of Seattle and down in south sound toward Olympia," said Marriott.

Snow in mountains

Meawhile, lots of new snow fell overnight in the Cascades. The following areas reported new snowfall totals the past 24 hours:

  • Mount Baker: 28 inches
  • Stevens: 8 inches
  • Snoqualmie: 9 inches
  • Crystal: 7 inches
  • White: 10 inches
  • Mission: 4 inches

"Our mountain forecast does call a little bit more snow overnight tonight. About 3 to 6 inches of new snow should be reported at the ski areas tomorrow," said Marriott.

Several ski areas are opening for skiing this weekend.

Crystal Mountain, Mount Baker and Whistler Mountain announced they would open Friday with limited operations.  Snoqualmie Summit, Steven Pass and Mission Ridge ski areas will open Saturday.


 

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