Snow falls across Western Washington, Seattle area

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SEATTLE - What KIRO 7 meteorologist Morgan Palmer called a "conveyer belt of moisture" brought snow across Western Washington Wednesday morning, including the greater Seattle area.

 

A few of the Seattle neighborhoods where snow fell were  Crown Hill, Greenlake, Magnolia and West Seattle.   KIRO 7 viewers tweeted that snow was falling in Bellevue but it was not  sticking to freeways.

 

A Seattle Snowatch map from the city of Seattle and the University of Washington showed road temperatures across the region.  Road temperatures in Seattle were in the upper 30s, the Ship Canal and Magnolia areas were at 35, but the north of the Northgate area in cities such as Mountlake Terrace, the temperature dropped to freezing, meaning snow can stick to roads.

 

Amounts were more than an inch near Copalis Crossing, 2 inches at Poulsbo, an inch at Bremerton, half an inch at Everett and lesser amounts at Seattle, Olympia and Tacoma. 

 

In Kitsap County, there were several school delays and a lot of trouble on the roads that came with the accumulating snow.   There were about  four or five inches around Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and neighboring towns.

 

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There were big backups for drivers trying to get to Kitsap/Bangor from State Route 3.   Multiple collisions blocked the ramp to SR 308.

 

Driver Tom Collins couldn't get his big rig up the onramp to SR 3 out of Poulsbo and said he was going to have to resort to chains, which he usually only has to put on when crossing mountain passes.

 

Collins wasn't the only driver having trouble with the conditions. KIRO 7 reporter Jeff Dubois spotted more than 15 spin-outs Wednesday morning, most caused by drivers who lost control on on-or-off ramps.  No one was injured.

 

There was also a large hill in Poulsbo that created problems for drivers who spun their tires and then reversed when they realized they couldn't make it up.

 

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Mason County was also hammered with snow, causing dangerous driving conditions on Highway 101 north of Hoodsport, where KIRO 7 reporter Richard Thompson became trapped after numerous snow slides caused trees to fall and block both directions of the highway.  A Washington State Patrol trooper was also stuck after his cruiser slid off the road.    As crews worked to clear the trees, more came down, as seen in this video:  Uncut: Reporter, trooper trapped on Hwy 101.   

 

In Lynnwood, which was plagued with crashes because of icy roads in some areas Tuesday, there was a mix of snow and rain throughout the morning, causing some traffic delays on I-5 and I-405.

 

Police said a Washington State Patrol car was rear-ended by a pickup that was sliding in the slush on Highway 525.    The trooper had stopped at a crash scene.  No one was injured.

 

Warmer air is going to change the precipitation to rain in the lowlands later Wednesday, with high winds on the coast and northwest interior until Wednesday evening. 

 

Forecasters say heavy snow will fall in the mountains through Wednesday night, making driving through the highway passes difficult.

 

   Heavy snow also is forecast on the east slopes of the Cascades and northeast Washington.