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December 18, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Snow falls in east and south King County and other points south

Approved traction tires were required early Tuesday morning along Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass. Truckers chain up their trucks at mile post 44 before continuing their trip across the mountains to Eastern Washington. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE: 7:35 a.m. | Parts of Western Washington are seeing their first snowflakes of the season, including communities east, south and north of Seattle.

While the snowfall amounted to little more than a dusting in most areas, some outlying spots had significant snow on the ground this morning. In Pierce County, Bonney Lake had   2 ½ inches and Eatonville, at 700 feet in elevation, reported 5 inches of snow, said Steve Reedy of the National Weather Service.

About 2 inches of snow was reported  in Enumclaw in the Cascade foothills.

Most highways and major roads were bare and wet by the time of this morning’s commute.

Reedy, who drove to Seattle in from Mukilteo Tuesday morning, said he saw “light snow flurries, ” but more of a rain-snow mix, along the way.

More than 20 school districts in the area made adjustments ranging from altering bus schedules to starting two hours later or cancelling classes to due to the snow. You can find the details at schoolreport.org.

Reedy said the light snow accumulations this morning will be short-lived but more showers are possible tomorrow with a chance of high winds in places.

Heavy snow fell in the mountains, and more is expected.  At 8 a.m.,  chains were required on all vehicles without all-wheel drive on both Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes, and it was snowing on both passes. Accumulations of 1 to 3 feet are likely in the Cascades by Thursday morning, making driving through the passes difficult.

In Eastern Washington, the National Weather Service says scattered snow showers Tuesday will be followed by heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday. Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected north of Highway 2. In the Spokane area, 3 to 5 inches are possible by Wednesday night with another 1 to 3 inches possible Thursday.

Material from the Associated Press is included in this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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