Mother Nature gives gentle reminder it's still winter

KENT, Wash. -- Winter has a message for Western Washington: It's still in charge!

A cool air mass fresh in from the Gulf of Alaska has brought temperatures on the brink of freezing Thursday morning, and with a few showers running around, it was a recipe for some light snow in parts of the region.

Photos from social media show a dusting of snow around Lake Tapps, Buckley, Kent, Lacey, Bonney Lake and Federal Way, especially spots with a little bit of elevation. Bonney Lake seems to be the snow lottery winner, with reports of 1-2 inches up there.

"Some roads icing up. Slow down out there!" East Pierce Fire Tweeted. "A few bumpers bumped already."

Up on the Olympic Peninsula, a little snow caused Port Angeles and Sequim schools to begin classes on a 2-hour delay.

Otherwise, no significant accumulations are expected Thursday - just a little tap on the shoulder from Old Man Winter.

Temperatures will warm into the low 40s as Thursday progresses but with the cool air mass in place, it'll make for a bit of unstable air. That will allow some showers to develop this afternoon and evening which should mostly be rain but could mix with some wet snow or small hail in the more intense showers, and especially areas with a few hundred feet elevation. Any accumulations will be light and brief.

We'll keep the same story of isolated showers Thursday night but snow levels will drop a bit to just a couple hundred feet as the night cools close to freezing again. But as still the story, any accumulations will be light.

On Friday, a new weather system will spin just off our coast as it drops from the Gulf of Alaska down toward California, bringing a better coverage of scattered showers. Some forecast models indicate showers could bring spotty areas of rain/snow mix or wet snow that could bring a half inch to an inch of slushy snow, especially areas away from the water and with a little elevation. But highs will generally be in the low 40s and snow will quickly begin to melt after individual showers pass. For the Downtown Seattle/Metro area commuting core, snow will likely not even stick and shouldn't have any impacts.

Showers will end Friday night, leading to a chilly but sunny day on Saturday. Another weak weather system arrives on Sunday for a repeat of Friday's forecast: Scattered showers of rain or wet snow. Only this time, some spots above a few hundred feet could perhaps get a light accumulation.

We'll warm up next week back into the mid 40s where we'll just be dodging a few rain showers.

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