Cold front to last through weekend, with snow possible in South Sound

Staff writerFebruary 6, 2014 

Frigid weather in Western Washington will continue through the weekend, possibly bringing snow flurries before things become warmer and wetter next week.

The National Weather Service said Thursday there’s too much uncertainty to tell where snow might fall over the next few days or whether there will be any.

“Things are still up in the air,” Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote on his weather blog earlier this week that it is “more than cold enough to snow if moisture dared to show its face.”

Light snow could fall Friday night and Saturday, according to a special weather statement. The forecast called for 1 to 2 inches possibly falling in Tacoma on Saturday with less than an inch possible Sunday.

The snow outlook at higher elevations isn’t much more promising, with models showing the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park receiving no more than 4 inches through Sunday.

Bethel School District said late Thursday that it would start schools two hours late Friday, and that buses would be on snow routes. The Weather Service had reports of some flurries throughout Pierce County Thursday night.

Although precipitation might be up in the air, below-freezing temperatures are a guarantee. It will remain cold through Saturday, with temperatures ranging from the teens to 20s. Highs aren’t expected to exceed the low to mid-30s.

Temperatures recorded at Sea-Tac Airport broke some records for record-low high temperatures Wednesday and Thursday.

The previous record for Feb. 5 was 34 degrees, set in 1989. The thermometer reached 31 Wednesday. Thursday also registered a new record-low high at 29, which beat out the former record of 37 degrees in 1949.

In Clark County, one person was killed in a snow-related pile-up that involved about 15 cars and half a dozen tractor trailers on Interstate 5. A storm blanketed the Vancouver, Wash., and Portland region with snow Thursday, snarling traffic on throughout the region and causing dozens of car crashes.

Several people were trapped in the wreckage, and others were hurt, Washington State Patrol trooper Steve Schatzel said. One person was critically injured and two others suffered serious injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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