March 22, 2013 at 6:01 AM
Early-morning spring snow surprises motorists
Update at 9:30 a.m.: By mid-morning it was still snowing on Whidbey Island and some places in Snohomish County, but in most areas, snow had given way to rain.
Snow paid a spring visit to the Puget Sound area today, starting in Snohomish County and sweeping into some Seattle area neighborhoods.
In South Snohomish County, snow was sticking on the yards, streets and highways, causing numerous spin-outs, with some areas reporting several inches of snow.
Snow was falling in North Seattle and in some Eastside areas by 7 a.m.
Several Snohomish County school districts, including Edmonds, are starting late. Check for details at schoolreport.org.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis said the snow had been a factor in up to two dozen spin-outs by 7 a.m. in the Snohomish County convergence zone, starting in the Everett area along Interstate 5 about 3:30 a.m. and gradually shifting to the Woodinville area along Highway 522. None of the accidents was reported to involve serious injuries.
Difficulties were expected to ease once the sun comes up, according to the National Weather Service. Friday’s high temperatures are expected to reach the 40s around the Puget Sound area.
Snow was falling in most mountain passes this morning, with Stevens Pass reporting heavy snow and gusty winds. Traction tires were advised on Stevens and Snoqualmie passes. Check for updates.
Raw video of snow falling in rural Snohomish County:
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