• March snow causes slippery roads, school delays

    By: Nick Allard , KIRO 7 Staff

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    Many people around Western Washington woke up to unwelcome March snowfall.

    Most areas around the Puget Sound region had at least scattered snow showers, with some getting a few inches. By noon, snow showers from Tacoma to Seattle had mostly dried up, but in the Cascade foothills, pockets of snow continue to fall.

    Some people forgot how slushy and slippery it could be. In Tukwila, a driver crashed into a mailbox at a Bonsai shop. 

    "Looked out my window and my whole yard was covered and I was like, 'Oh my God! Ok, it's gonna be one of those days. I'm not too stoked about it but just glad it's just slush," said Cat Regan, who works at the Bonsai store.

    Police said a driver was going 55 mph down the steep Brummers Hill at 144th and 51st Avenue South when they lost control and knocked out the mailbox.  No one was hurt.

    "Apparently it was icy and they took some sand and covered up the ice and snow. But 
    yeah, they closed off the road this morning," said Regan.

    Because of driving issues, more than 70 school districts and private schools were delayed Thursday morning, with a few closed.

    Weather: Looking ahead

    Thursday afternoon, highs will be in the low-40s with scattered showers and a snow level around 1,000.' You'll see some good snow in the mountains though!  On Thursday night, a convergence zone will form which will more than likely bring the snow level back down again to at least 500' or lower tonight.

    Unfortunately, the marginal temperatures and hit-and-miss nature of precipitation makes it impossible to know until shortly before it occurs where travel could be impacted by up to 2" of snow and where we see just flakes but wet roads.

    Friday, we'll see some scattered snow or wet snow showers early before we warm into the mid-40s. Snow levels will be around 500-1,000'.  Look for drier weather into the weekend before some showers return later on Monday. Don't forget move your clocks ahead an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!


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