Light snowfall in South Sound causes school closures, delays

SEATTLE - Northern Oregon received the brunt of a storm that brought several inches of snow to the Willamette Valley Thursday evening and night, but they shared just a little bit with their northern neighbors.

A few inches of snow fell north to about Lewis County, and just enough moisture managed to stagger north and bring a light snowfall overnight to parts of Thurston, Pierce and southeastern King County - essentially anyplace south of Highway 18.

Overnight snow reports were about an inch or less in the Puget Sound region and came in from Maple Valley, Graham, and Puyallup, among others. And since temperatures were down into the low 20s, even a little snow was causing some slick roads.

A number of school districts in Lewis County closed for the day, and many other districts delayed the start of school in Pierce, Thurston and far southern King County. (See full list)

Some light snow also fell in the Bellingham area, where school buses were on snow routes.

The snow has mostly come to an end and Friday will remain dry and cold with highs around the freezing mark. But another weather system is set to move in Friday night and take a similar path, focusing most of the moisture into northern Oregon and southwestern Washington with a few flurries possible as far north as Olympia and Tacoma. A third, even weaker system maybe bring another dusting of snow to the far southern areas of our region again late Saturday.

The greater Seattle area looks to remain dry through the period though under partly to mostly cloudy skies. The next chance of precipitation in the Emerald City is not until Monday, and by then temperatures will have warmed enough that just rain is expected.