Snow gives way to old-fashioned Northwest rain

SEATTLE -- As Seattle recovers from its greatest snowfall in two years -- OK, so the bar was set really, really low -- kids (and kids at heart) were getting in their last hours with the fast-becoming slush before the lawns turned the more familiar green...and a muddy brown.

Warmer air was moving into the region and had already pushed temperatures above freezing by midday, on their way to the 40s. The record 2.9 inches of snow in Seattle (at least, for Feb. 8) was well on its way to becoming storm drain fill.

It's good practice for the storm drains which will be dealing with a whole lot more water in the coming days as a very rainy pattern is about to set up shop, bringing a week's worth of rainy days, possibly more.

It probably can't come fast enough for those trying to navigate slick roads from the 2-4 inches of snow that fell across the Puget Sound region. After dealing with 150 crashes and spin-outs during the height of the snow Saturday night, Troopers in King County said they had an additional 30 calls for help in the storm's aftermath Sunday.

In addition, troopers were busy towing and impounding cars that had been left abandoned and blocking lanes and ramps on the freeways and highways.

Trooper Guy Gill says they also worked to remove abandoned cars that had been in minor accidents as they would continue to get 911 calls all day from drivers fearing the crash recently occurred.

Light rain showers will develop Sunday evening and will roam around overnight with lows in the mid 30s.

Monday will kick off a series of storms of varying strength that will keep rain in the forecast each day through the weekend with occasional windy periods. Right now the strongest storm appears to be the one coming in Tuesday night into Wednesday. The mountains will pick up quite a bit of snow through the week, especially above 4,000-5,000 feet but the snow levels will occasionally dip below pass levels between storm systems.

The return to more typical February weather comes after several weeks of anything but, with long, dry foggy stretches in January giving way to a cold, dry snap to begin February. The drenching rains this week have a chance to make February perhaps stop a four-month streak of below-normal rainfall.