Early snow falls across Western Washington

by: Nick Allard, KIRO 7 News Staff Updated:

We are seeing many areas of snow and wet snow along with some rain this morning. 

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Snow has fallen and continues to fall Friday morning from Seattle north to Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties and well as on San Juan Island and in Port Angeles.

There are a few school districts that are reporting delays.  

Western Washington University is opening at 11 a.m. Friday due to weather conditions. Classes prior to 11 a.m. are cancelled.

Weather summary:

  • Snow/wet snow early
  • Breezy north wind dries us out
  • Another system with rain and mountain snow late Saturday and Sunday

 

The majority of the snow early Friday fell from Port Angeles into Bellingham and Ferndale.  It's also very windy for those areas and will be throughout the morning hours.  North wind continues to filter in cooler air this morning which increased chances for snow/wet snow over Puget Sound. 

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Snow fell in such King County areas of Northgate, West Seattle, Bellevue, Burien, Renton and plenty of spots in Snohomish county and will through the morning.  However, unless it's a randomly heavy shower, I don't expect much accumulation until you get over 500 to1,000 feet. 

The snow level early on will generally be around 500 feet but if the showers are heavy enough, we'll see it drop down while the shower is over the area. Everyone from Snohomish County south is above freezing, which means the snow shouldn't stick to the roads, but will look nice on the grass.
 
From there the north wind will increase more for a breezy day and drier afternoon conditions only in the 40s. 

It took all morning, but snow finally reached the South Sound in such places as Olympia and Lacey  Large flakes were seen coming down on a WSDOT camera, but were not sticking.

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Saturday, we'll see dry weather and partly sunny skies in the 40s with the next storm holding off until late.  That storm will more than likely start as snow for areas from Seattle south, especially in the Hood Canal area, producing some snow/wet snow before tapering off and warming up in the afternoon.  
 
Next week right now will start off warmer and drier.


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