Western Washington gets snow as subfreezing temperatures move in

SEATTLE — Parts of Western Washington saw snow Monday night ahead of temperatures in the 20s across the area Tuesday morning.

A few light snowflakes are falling Tuesday morning, especially in the North Sound, but a lot of spots are seeing some flakes on their cars and grassy surfaces.

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Monday night’s snow came after parts of the North Sound and Clallam County had significant snowfall Monday morning, with heavy snow in areas such as Camano Island. Heavy wet snow brought trees down and in Stanwood, a dump truck slid off the road into a ditch.

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On Monday night, even downtown Seattle got a dusting of snow, causing icy conditions on roads early Tuesday.

KIRO 7 reporter Lauren Donovan was in Snoqualmie and North Bend Tuesday morning, where a few inches fell, leaving heavy wet snow to freeze on roads.

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As clouds scatter a bit, we’re seeing a very cold morning with low temperatures in the 20s almost areawide, with the exception being at the south coast, where morning lows will be in the low 30s. Any tender plants or vegetation that has begun to emerge in the recent calm weather will need to be protected, as Tuesday morning isn’t the coldest morning of this spell.

A few snowflakes could linger into Tuesday afternoon or evening, but overall it will be dry.

A wind advisory remains in effect for Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan counties until 4 p.m. Tuesday with wind speeds between 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Bitterly cold wind chill is expected with the strong winds as well.

It will be sunny on Tuesday with highs only in the 30s. The coldest morning will be on Wednesday, with a record low for the date of 22 degrees in Seattle and widespread teens up north and in sheltered valleys away from bodies of water.

Looking ahead

Temperatures will still only be in the 30s again on Wednesday with sunny skies.

While we’ll start out Thursday in the 20s once again, temperatures will start to moderate on Thursday and Friday and the subfreezing temperatures will be in the rear view mirror. Highs will be in the 40s with mainly clear skies though a few more clouds will be in the mix.

Next weekend will feature a weather system moving in though it looks like rain and mountain snow will hold off until Saturday night or Sunday. Temperatures will be near seasonal norms so that next system won’t bring any threat for lowland snow.