Rain, wind and some snow showers expected overnight

Rain, wind and some snow showers expected overnight

Credit: KING

Snow in SeaTac, Wash., Dec. 18, 2012.


by KING 5 News


Posted on December 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 7:02 AM

Our unsettled air will continue into Wednesday, bringing rain and wind and a chance of snow showers in some areas before the snow changes to rain.

KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner forecasts more lower elevation snow overnight into the morning commute Wednesday for parts of Kitsap Peninsula, Hood Canal and the Southwest Interior.

The Olympics and Cascades could see another 1-to-3 feet of snow by Thursday. A winter storm warning has been issued. Latest forecast.

On Tuesday morning, snow and slush turned to ice in places during the morning commute, leading to dozens of accidents around Western Washington.

Areas of Snohomish County, east King County and south of Puget Sound were hardest hit by the overnight snow. A handful of school districts closed for the day. Latest school delays / Sign up for school closure text alerts

At least two school buses were reportedly involved in a collision at the Interstate 5 - State Route 7 interchange in Tacoma. Another school bus in Kent slid off the road while making a turn and ended up in a ditch. Nobody was hurt.

The driver of a van had trouble on the new flyover ramp from State Route 18 to I-5 in Federal Way. The van ended up sideways on the ramp, but avoided colliding with other vehicles.

The Washington State Patrol reported more than three dozen collisions in Pierce and Thurston counties alone.

Most residents in the Lake Stevens area, which got about an inch of snow Tuesday, are taking the weather in stride, saying this is all part of living in the convergence zone.

"We get a bit of Seattle weather all at once. Within the same day it'll be raining and sunny at the same time" said resident Will Gerdron.

Instead of just enjoying the snow, Luciano Reyes is preparing for the worst case scenario. He got stuck in Lake Stevens twice last year and has learned never to leave the house unpreapred.

"Every morning when I bring my wife here to the park and ride I bundle up in case I get stuck, then I can just walk home and leave the car here" said resident Luciano Reyes.

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