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December 10, 2013 at 5:56 AM
Seattle area commuters are getting a break this morning, as the much-feared snowfall failed to materialize in most of the area, and warmer temperatures are on the way.
Light snow was reported falling about 6 a.m. in areas of Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties, and a 30 percent chance of snow remains in the forecast for the Puget Sound area until 10 a.m. But accumulations, if any, are expected to be less than an inch, and a chance of rain is in forecast by afternoon.
By 6 a.m., the temperature at Seattle Tacoma International Airport was already above freezing, at 34, with a high of 36 forecast for the day.
Still warmer temperatures are on the way, hitting higher-than-normal levels by the end of the week, with Sea-Tac highs forecast of 43 on Wednesday and Thursday, 47 on Friday and 48 on Saturday. The normal high for Saturday’s date is 45.
Temperatures also are changing in Eastern Washington but remain below freezing.
The cold snap the past week froze pipes and flooded buildings in places across the state, says the Associated Press.
August 15, 2013 at 5:41 AM
The Associated Press
The National Weather Service says a weak front moving across Washington is bringing some light rain to Western Washington and a chance of showers Friday and Saturday in Western and Eastern Washington.
That being said, forecasters expect dry skies and seasonal temperatures to return next week.
After a long stretch of hot, dry conditions, University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass says the front is the first sign of a seasonal shift to autumn weather.
Mass blogs that precipitation typically increases in the second or third week of August. There’s plenty of summer left, but a shift in the Northwest weather pattern is evident.
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