South Sound kids enjoy first snow day of the season

Staff writerDecember 20, 2013 

Connor Campbell was the first one in his family to see the snow Friday morning.

The 3-year-old woke up at 7 a.m. and looked out the window to see flakes falling and the front yard of his family’s Fircrest home covered in snow. The toddler’s reaction likely mirrored the reactions of countless other children, and maybe even some adults, when they awoke to the first snow of the season.

“He went completely wild,” dad Scott Campbell said. “He immediately started pulling off his pajamas to put on his snow coat.”

A couple hours later Connor found himself at Fircrest Park building a snowman with his dad. Even with the inch or less of snow on the ground the wet snow was perfect for building three sizeable mounds.

Connor’s rosy cheeks were barely visible above his black neck warmer as he helped roll a snowball across the park near where another snowman already stood.

“I’m making the other snowman a friend,” he said.

A few hours later Connor’s snowman was pretty much the only thing left of the morning’s snow. Higher temperatures and rain that moved into the area melted the snow that blanketed the popular park.

Between half an inch and one inch of snow fell in the South Sound from about 3 to 9 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The Artondale area of west Gig Harbor recorded an inch of snow by 7 a.m., while Puyallup got just under an inch by 9:30 a.m., according to weather service reports.

Most of the Seattle area received about an inch of snow. Heavier amounts were reported farther north with 3.8 inches near Arlington, for instance. Several inches of snow was forecast for Eastern Washington where temperatures were expected to remain below freezing through the weekend. Two to 5 inches of snow was forecast for Spokane.

Nine to 18 inches of snow was forecast Friday in the Cascades, making travel difficult for drivers in the passes.

Accumulations in the South Sound were enough to prompt some area school districts to delay classes by two hours, or in some cases where more snow fell, cancel them altogether. That gave kids the chance to get out and play before the snow disappeared.

Hurling snowballs at each other at Fircrest Park, Antonio Riconoscuito, 11, and Nathan King, 13, made the most of the morning. The snow was “awesome” King said, adding its timing was perfect.

“As soon as we get our Christmas break we get snow,” said King, who with his buddy attends Truman Middle School. Friday marked the first day of the holiday break for the Tacoma School District.

The boys were wishing for a white Christmas, but meteorologists say that’s not going to happen. Rain is expected over the weekend with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s, according to Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg The rain will continue into Monday before drying out Tuesday, he said.

“Next Tuesday through Christmas Day lows at night will be at freezing but it will be dry,” Burg said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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