Western Washington wakes up to snow, freezing drizzle, rain showers

Mother Nature sprinkled a little of everything over parts of Western Washington on Friday morning - including freezing rain and snow - prompting some schools to close or delay the start of classes.

Light accumulations of freezing drizzle hit some areas of the South Sound, including Olympia, Shelton and the area around Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Freezing rain also was reported in the Maple Valley area, where it coated cars in a layer of ice.

Farther north, especially in Snohomish County, there was enough snow to cancel school for the day. See a list of school closings and delays here ...

Light snow also was reported in Kitsap County and parts of Jefferson, Clallam and Skagit counties as well as eastern King County. Steady snow was reported in Whatcom County by 8 a.m.

Elsewhere, including downtown Seattle, there was plain old cold Northwest rain. Temperatures at 7 a.m. ranged from the low to mid 30s across most of the region.

The weather is slowing down the morning commute in some areas, especially on Interstate 5 south and north of Seattle. A crash on a snowy stretch of Highway 3 in Mason County also may have been weather-related.

In Whatcom County, snow caused multiple spinouts and accidents along local highways, including a vehicle that overturned in the median of I-5. Conditions in the mountains and east of Snoqualmie Pass were even worse, with multiple crashes reported there.

The Washington State Patrol is urging motorists to exercise extreme caution due to fluctuating conditions.

The snow and freezing drizzle is coming from an area of low pressure spinning over the Oregon coastline and making its way north-northeast into cold air.

A winter weather advisory in effect for Western Whatcom, Hood Canal and the East Puget Sound lowlands, where 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected through noon Friday.

By Friday afternoon, precipitation should be all rain in the lowlands as highs reach the low to mid 40s.


This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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