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January 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

More snow falling in Western Washington as new weather system moves across region

A new weather system is moving through Western Washington, dumping snow on most of the region.

Ted Buehner, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said the snowfall was expected to continue throughout the day, with 3 to 7 inches of snow possible on the coast and in the far north, and 1 to 3 inches expected in areas like Everett and Olympia.

The new snow began falling first in areas to the north, south, east and west of Seattle.  Seattle should receive less snow than other areas, because it is  protected by the Olympic Mountains, Buehner said at mid-morning.

Residents in Seattle and surrounding areas have since begun reporting on Twitter light snowfall, and forecasters are eyeing a front of cold air from the north that could bring 3 to 7 more inches of snow to the immediate Seattle area late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The front could trigger a “pretty significant widespread snow event . . . that’s why we want people to prepare now, not then,” he said. “Actually hopefully they prepared late last week.”

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