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December 22, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Snow, rain … king tides … Grinch

Weather: First day of winter today. Some folks were scraping ice off their windows this morning, with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees. But it could be mostly sunny later today. That’s cool. Could be rain tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll wait until tomorrow to talk about Christmas Day, but don’t get your hopes up about a white Christmas. The details.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Snow and rain: OK, we’ll talk about a white Christmas, but you’ll have to head to the mountains for that … or to the east side of the Cascades. The National Weather Service says the dry weather we’ve enjoyed this month could go bye-bye with the likelihood of fresh snow  in the mountains and rain down here starting Christmas Day, according to an Associated Press story. It’s been mighty dry this month.

No Grinch here: You’ll remember we told you about the customer who started a “Grinch fund” for workers who abruptly lost their jobs at a diner in Aberdeen when they showed up for work the other day and the doors were locked. Well, some $17,000 has been raised, and there’s more to come. Nice story, that.

King tides hit the shore in Port Orchard on Jan. 6, 2010. (Photo, by Ray Garrido is courtesy of the Washington State Department of Ecology.)

King tides come rolling in: These tides are higher than typical winter tides and will hit the Washington coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca starting today and continue this month and into next year, according to a Field Notes blog post by staff writer Lynda Mapes. They occur when the gravitational pulls of the sun and the moon reinforce one another.

520 tolling newser: The state Department of Transportation is scheduled to hold a news conference this morning on the upcoming tolling on Highway 520, looking at traffic expectations, sales data and upcoming tolling events.

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Grab your camera: King Tides begin arriving Wednesday | Field Notes
  2. Mayor to police chief: Do what the feds say
  3. Republicans criticize Boehner over tax fight
  4. Battle escalates over building in Western Washington floodplains
  5. Quarterback Kellen Moore is the pride of Boise

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