South end gets a dusting of snow, school closures

South end gets a dusting of snow, school closures

Credit: Jennifer Kilponen

Snow near the Washington coast, Dec. 6, 2013.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 10:25 AM

Parts of southwest Washington got a dusting of snow early Friday morning and several school districts along the coast shut down for the day or got off to late starts.

The snow and sub-freezing temperatures led to a number of traffic issues across Western Washington, particularly on Interstate 5 in Lewis and Cowlitz counties. Several other problems were reported around the Puget Sound area, some of them on ramps and overpasses which tend to ice over faster than main roads.

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KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said the flurries should end by mid-morning Friday then skies should become mostly sunny in the afternoon. The northwest interior and Cascade foothills could see wind gusts up to 50 mph in the late afternoon and early evening. Highs will be in the low-to-mid 30s.

The weekend is expected to get even colder. Marriott forecasts lows at Sea-Tac Airport could drop to 18 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

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