Snow falls across Western Washington; causing school closures, delays

by: Sam Argier Updated:

SEATTLE - Snow is falling in Western Washington Friday morning causing school closures and delays. 

You could feel the cold air outside Thursday; temperatures were in the 30s across the area.  As a warm front approaches the area, we’re adding moisture into the mix, giving us the ingredients we need to see snowfall. 

The snow around the Sound increased after midnight.  While this is not a major snowstorm, the timing of the snow is having an impact on the Friday morning commute.  Some of the heaviest snow is expected between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. before we turn over to rain later in the morning. 

How much snow you see will depend on where you live: we'll have a wide range of totals across the area. The farther north and east you are of Seattle, the more snow you can expect.


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Snohomish County to the Canadian border is looking at 2 to 5 inches of accumulation. The coast will be on the lowest end with most neighborhoods just seeing a dusting, if any at all.

Around Seattle and points south, a trace to 2 inches will be the accumulation for most cities.  Neighborhoods east of Lake Washington in King County will be in the 1 to 4 inch range. 

All of this snow turns over to rain for the afternoon with high temperatures in the mid 40s. We’ll stay with just rain through the weekend. Saturday is trending drier with fewer showers and some sunbreaks at times. Temperatures rebound back into the upper 40s. Sunday stays mostly cloudy with scattered showers around for the Seahawks game.  Highs hold in the upper 40s. 

Another front will bring increasing rain on Monday before we dry it back out again on Tuesday. Some more sun mixes in on Christmas Eve with dry weather expected on Wednesday for Christmas Day. 

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