Snow accumulates in Seattle for first time in nearly 2 years

      SEATTLE -- For the first time in nearly two years, snow accumulated in the greater Seattle area as a warm front crashed into some colder air leftover from earlier this week.

      Snow began to fall in Whatcom County just after midnight and slowly spread south through the pre-dawn morning. Snow reached Snohomish County around 3 a.m., coating the ground there, and snow was just starting to fall in the Seattle-Tacoma area as the clock struck 4 a.m.

      By 7 a.m., at least an inch of snow had coated much of the region, with some spots pushing 2-3 inches. A spotter in Kirkland reported 3 inches and a spotter near Arlington reported 3.8 inches. Sea-Tac Airport recorded 1.1 inches - nearly doubling all of last winter's total of 0.6 inches.

      The snow caused a number of schools to close or delay the start of classes, giving many students an early jump on their two week winter breakl. (See full list.)

      Meanwhile, DOT crews were kept busy plowing the streets, and some especially hilly roads were closed around Seattle, including the busy Queen Anne Avenue, due to treacherous conditions. The Washington State Patrol said it responded to dozens of spinouts and minor fender-benders but so far there have been no reports of any serious injuries.

      Conditions started to improve as the snow tapered off in the mid morning hours, and incoming warmer air was expected to rapidly melt the snow as the day progressed into the afternoon hours. By the evening commute, snow will likely be long forgotten.

      Long range models suggest the region will remain well above freezing for the next week for the next several days, with just routine Seattle rain at times.

      Snow Totals So Far:
        • Lopez Island: 4.0"
        • Arlington: 3.8"
        • Huricane Ridge: 3.5"
        • Anacortes: 2.8"
        • Mill Creek: 2.5"
        • Everett: 2.5"
        • North Bend: 2.4"
        • Cathan: 2"
        • Chimacum: 2"
        • Blyn: 2.2"
        • Marysville: 2.0"
        • Issaquah: 2.0"
        • Stanwood: 2.0"
        • Duvall: 1.8"
        • Mt. Pleasant: 1.5"
        • Oak Harbor: 1.5"
        • Mukilteo: 1.5"
        • Bellevue: 1.5"
        • Lynnwood: 1.4"
        • Coupeville: 1.4"
        • Federal Way: 1.3"
        • Big Lake: 1.2"
        • Bothell" 1.2"
        • Bremerton: 1.2"
        • Kent: 1.1"
        • Sea-Tac Airport: 1.1"
        • Covington: 1.0"
        • West Seattle: 1.0"
        • Pt. Townsend: 1.0"
        • Woodinville: 1.0"
        • Lake Stevens: 1.0"
        • Olympia: 1.0"
        • Finn Hill: 0.9"
        • Seattle (Sand Point): 0.8"
        • Seattle (UW Campus): 0.8"
        • Puyallup: 0.5"
        • Tacoma: 0.5"
        • Freeland: 0.5"
        • Sequim: 0.5"
        • Chehalis: 0.5"
        You can find more snow totals at this National Weather Service link

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