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November 17, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Slushy snow in Everett; dusting elsewhere tonight?

One to two inches of slushy snow greeted Interstate 5 motorists in Everett early Thursday, and some other areas could get what the Weather Service calls a “quick dusting” Thursday night and Friday.

Even if you don’t see snow, drive with extra caution: Temps are expected to dip below freezing Friday and Saturday nights in much of the Seattle area.

The Everett-area snow Thursday morning was enough to cause a couple of minor collisions and spin-outs before 6 a.m., according to the State Patrol.

Thursday night and Friday morning, more areas around Puget Sound could see a light snowfall. Likely spots:  Higher hilltops, a convergence zone north of Seattle and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Many lowland areas of Western Washington will see just a rain/snow mix or no snow at all, according to the Weather Service.

In the mountains, it’s a different story: Mountain passes were getting more snow Thursday morning, pushing the snow depth at Stevens Pass past two feet, with three feet on the ground at Mount Baker. Ski areas at Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain plan to open Friday.

Are you ready for winter weather? Read a transcript of yesterday’s winter preparedness chat with a pair of Seattle city transportation officials and a local weather expert.

Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: Cascade foothills, Everett, Interstate 5

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