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The Today File

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December 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Snow is coming to Seattle and environs, but how much?

It’s not a question of whether we’ll get snow in the Seattle area late Thursday and into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service, but how much and when.

The latest forecast — which we will update through the evening here — indicates that a winter storm watch is in effect and precipitation is on its way.

In Seattle, it’s expected to roll in around 3 a.m. Friday bringing up to 2 inches of snow, according to NWS meteorologist Johnny Burg.

Further north, in the Everett area and along the Interstate-5 corridor, the snow could come a little earlier. between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Friday,  and be a little deeper, 1 to 3 inches, he said.

The foothills north of Interstate-90 could see 1 to 3 inches while south of I-90 will see zero to 2 inches, Burg said.

Other forecasts are saying there could be 1 to 5 inches of snow from Tacoma to Bellingham.

But how the snow sticks around will depend on how quickly the air warms up, Burg said.

Temperatures in Seattle are expected to reach the low to mid- 40s on Friday with a high of 44, Burg said.

Regardless, the morning commute is expected to be messy and transportation departments throughout the region are working to prepare for snow and icy roads.

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