Snow blankets Pierce County, causes havoc for drivers

Staff writerFebruary 8, 2014 

A winter storm warning was in effect Saturday evening and early Sunday across much of Western Washington from Pierce County southward, according to the National Weather Service.

Law enforcement agencies across the region were called to multiple auto accidents Saturday night as snow fell on chilled, slippery roadways. There was an average of 2 inches of snow on the ground as of 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the weather service.

The Washington State Patrol had received reports of 50 accidents in Pierce and Thurston counties as of 9 p.m., said trooper Guy Gill, a WSP spokesman.

There were no reports of serious injuries from the various agencies. Some roads that were deemed too treacherous for driving were barricaded.

"When road conditions are poor like this, you need to adjust your driving accordingly," Gill said. "Slow down and increase your following distance."

The winter storm warning was in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday.

“We’re expecting a total of about 3 inches of snow in most of the areas of Pierce and Thurston counties southward,” said Jay Albrecht, a forecaster with the weather service. He noted that isolated regions could see 5 to 6 inches.

The snow was expected to turn to rain on Sunday, he said.

“We’re really not expecting snow with the system that’s coming through (Sunday),” he said.

The weather service predicted clouds and high temperatures near 42 degrees Sunday, with little or no snow accumulation. Rain is forecast for the next several days, with highs in the 40s.

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