The South Sound is preparing to thaw out, but not before it gets some snow.
Temperatures should be right around freezing until Wednesday, warmer than the recent spell of teens and 20s in the region. The forecast high for Wednesday is 43 degrees.
“Back to what we would consider a seasonal normal for the middle of December,” National Weather Service meteorologist Doug McDonnal said.
The Weather Service said (comparatively) warm, moist Pacific air blew inland from the coast starting Monday, causing spotty snow throughout Western Washington that was forecast to pick up speed overnight and into Tuesday.
One or two inches of snow were expected to accumulate overnight, with another inch possible Tuesday morning in the East Puget Sound lowlands near the Cascades, such as the Enumclaw area, the Weather Service said.
Tacoma could get up to an inch, McDonnal said.
Late Tuesday, that snow was forecast to mix with rain.
While roads were still expected to be slippery, meteorologists no longer expected the freezing rain that was initially forecast into Tuesday.
In fact, Wednesday was looking to be dry in Tacoma, McDonnal said. After that, rain or a chance of showers is expected each day for the rest of the week.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted a burn ban Monday that had been in effect due to increasing air pollution and stagnant weather in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.
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