Surprise -- Friday night snow actually sticks


by OWEN LEI / KING 5 News

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 5:00 AM

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- Western Washington received its first real helping of snow Friday night when the flakes started falling from Shoreline north through parts of Snohomish County.

It was enough to make traffic slow to a crawl on Interstate 5 between Lynnwood and Everett.

"It's Washington," said Milana Litovchik, of Everett. "I saw sun earlier today, and now it's snowing."

The snow accumulated less than an inch in most places. Meteorologist Jeff Renner is calling for up to two inches, with snow showers tapering off into Saturday. Check the complete KING 5 forecast here.

Some drivers were caught by surprise.

"It's kind of unusual to see it before Thanksgiving," said Edmonds resident Ted Westling.

With most of the snow melting, and temperatures dropping overnight, authorities are more concerned about icy roads.  They're warning drivers to slow down.

"Put the puzzle together," said Washington State Trooper Sean O'Connell. "If you come outside and it's freezing and your windows are iced up, you can probably bet there's going to be patches of ice on the roadway."

Pierce and Thurston counties, along with southern portions of King County, are under a winter weather advisory lasting from midnight until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Earlier Friday, snow fell north of King and Snohomish counties, in places like Sedro-Woolley.

The city of Auburn opened its severe weather shelter for the weekend starting Friday night. It's located at the Les Gove Multipurpose Building between the Auburn Library and Senior Activity Center, and is open between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.