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February 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Snow’s here, but rain and warmer weather coming

7-year-old Aiyana Abbott can't watch, but Ella Widmeyer, 7, takes care of steering a sled down Kite Hill at Gas Works Park on Sunday.

7-year-old Aiyana Abbott can’t watch, but Ella Widmeyer, 7, takes care of steering a sled down Kite Hill at Gas Works Park on Sunday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

More snow than we’ve seen in a long time hit the Seattle area overnight, making fun for some, but some dicey driving for others.

The National Weather Service was even surprised by the amount of snowfall. Meteorologist Josh Smith said they predicted up to an inch of snow, but many parts of Seattle had about three inches.

“It was definitely more than we expected,” he said.

Weather models didn’t predict how big the low pressure system was off shore, making it a tough event to forecast, he said.

Temperatures are expected to rise, with no fear of icy roads tonight.

Then we’re in for rain over the next few days.

Everyone is talking about the snow, however. Accumulations ranged from a couple of inches to 3.5 inches in South King County. Almost three inches fell at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking the previous daily record of less than a half inch of snow. Parts of Thurston County had 5.4 inches of snow.

Student Natasha Campbell, left, gets a push on a snowboard from friend Ashley Kneller as they play in the snow Saturday in the University District. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Student Natasha Campbell, left, gets a push on a snowboard from friend Ashley Kneller as they play in the snow Saturday in the University District. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Keating Allen, visiting friends at University of Washington, wields a giant snowball as he and several others enjoy the rare snow dump in Seattle's University District neighborhood. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Keating Allen, visiting friends at University of Washington, wields a giant snowball as he and several others enjoy the rare snow dump in Seattle’s University District neighborhood. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

The State Patrol reported 150 accidents in King County since the snow began falling and it was even worse in Thurston and Pierce counties, where some 200 accidents were reported.

A collision on State Route 9 in Lake Stevens left a 69-year-old man dead, according to the State Patrol. Trooper Mark Francis said weather and speed appear to be factors in the accident.

Most highways and major arterials are bare and wet, but side streets and roads less traveled are still snow and ice-covered. Caution is advised.

Snoqualmie Pass is covered in snow and ice and chains are required unless you have all-wheel drive.

There’s a 70 percent chance of rain tonight, according to the Weather Service forecast.

Then we return to more typical Seattle weather.

Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, with temperatures possibly reaching the upper 40s. Rain is likely Tuesday, with a high near 48. More rain on Wednesday (60 percent) and a high near 48.

Kids and families sled on the hill at Woodland Park in North Seattle after snow accumulated overnight.

Families sled on the hill at Woodland Park after snow accumulated overnight. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

George Washington stands steadfast against a light flurry of snow Saturday night. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

George Washington stands steadfast against a light flurry of snow Saturday night. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

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