2017 begins in a Winter Wonderland as snow blankets parts of the region
SEATTLE -- Way to make a grand entrance, 2017!
A low pressure center that dropped in from the Gulf of Alaska swirled through the region overnight, bringing anywhere from a dusting to 2", but then our old friend, the Puget Sound Convergence Zone set up in South Seattle and brought a narrow band of several inches of snow.
Reports in so far this morning show as much as 3-6 inches around SeaTac and Burien and a 7" report in Cinebar.
But just to show the fickle nature of Convergence Zones, spotters just to the south of that area didn't get any snow. Here's a radar loop of how narrow the snow band was:
Heavy snow and/or freezing fog caused several traffic accidents across King and Snohomish County overnight.
In Seattle, eight Seattle Fire Department firefighters suffered minor injuries when two fire trucks collided on their way to a fire alarm Sunday morning.
Ladder 9 and Engine 16 collided just before 8 a.m. and the eight firefighters on board were tkaen to local hospital to be evaluated.
The worst hit area was SR-518 between Tukwila and Sea-Tac Airport, which was among the hardest hit places for snow. Video from DOT cameras showed several cars spun out on the road, including one multi-vehicle crash at 42nd Ave. S. Another report was of a trooper stuck on 128th is Des Moines due to heavy snow.
In Burien, a fire crew responding to a call reportedly had to have a deputy drive down the road to get the patient and bring him back to the waiting medics and fire trucks that were atop a snowy hill, worried the fire trucks would get stuck if they went down the hill.
In Snohomish County, there was a multi-car crash on the northbound SR-526 off ramp from I-5 in Everett, and another on the median on I-5 at 36th Street in Everett.
So far, there were no reports of anyone hurt in any of the crashes.
"I lost track of all the collisions overnight," KOMO News Managing Editor Cathy Rollins wrote in a note to crews Monday morning.
The snow also affected operations at Sea-Tac Airport where 2 inches were reported. Alaska Airlines reported 36 flights were canceled and scores of others had delays due to deicing needs. Passengers reported outbound delays on other airlines as well.
Snow showers will continue to fall through Sunday morning and a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. for the Puget Sound region for as much as an additional inch.
Showers will end around midday and skies will clear from the north as the day progresses as we switch to a cold, dry pattern for the rest of the week with gusty north winds blowing from the Fraser River Valley. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Whatcom and Skagit Counties as well as the San Juan Islands for northeast winds gusting to 55 mph.
Highs Sunday will struggle to get to the mid 30s, then will drop into the 20s Sunday night. Monday through Wednesday will feature sunshine with hard overnight freezes in the teens to low 20s.
Reported Snow Totals:
- Fortson: 7"
- Burien: 6"
- Port Angeles (foothills): 3"
- Sudden Valley: 3"
- North Bend: 3"
- SeaTac: 2.5"
- Newcastle: 2.5"
- Ethel: 2"
- Issaquah: 2"
- Gig Harbor: 1.5"
- Mount Vernon: 1.5"
- Mercer Island: 1"
- Woodinville: 1"