MORE SNOW FOR WESTERN WASHINGTON! December 17, 2008
Snow blankets a back yard in Sultan. Staff photo.
(SKY VALLEY) -- The National Weather Service said it was coming and come it did. Snow blanketed much of Washington State today and the Sky Valley in particular.
One woman in Gold Bar reported about a foot of snow at her residence and a man in Sultan reported about 3 inches of new snow. The town of Concrete in Skagit County got about 14 inches in places. Everett got about two inches of snow.
Most schools in Snohomish County were closed for the day. Darrington schools held classes two hours late.
Both Snoqualmie and Stevens passes in the Cascades got about a foot of new snow. Stevens Pass ski area opened to skiing and snowboarding today, the third latest starting date in the past 22 years for the resort.
The Summit at Snoqualmie ski area off Interstate 90 will open for the ski season Friday with limited operations.
Only mixed rain and snow fell on parts of Seattle off and on during the day as the Olympic Mountains “shadowed”the Seattle area for most of the day protecting it from heavy snowfall.
The heaviest snowfall was in Snohomish and Skagit counties, with some 23 inches reported just northeast of Arlington. There were many snow-related accidents reported from Snohomish County north to the Canadian border due to the snow.
Areas in Spokane got up to 8 inches of snow by nightfall with another 5-10 inches possible by tomorrow morning said the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning remained in effect through Thursday morning for most of northwest Washington as well as the Cascades and Olympics. More cold air from Canada was expected to keep low temperatures below freezing into the weekend in Western Washington.
There is also another storm system coming into the area that could bring more snow Saturday night.