Rain, warmer weather expected to replace South Sound snow

February 9, 2014 

After snow blanketed the South Sound overnight, the melting process began Sunday morning.

Many locations in Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties received 4 to 6 inches of snow Saturday and into early Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service said Tacoma reached a high of 37 degrees Saturday. Rain is forecast for the next several days, with highs in the 40s.

Sea-Tac Airport received 2.9 inches Sunday, the heaviest snowfall at the airport since Jan. 18, 2012.

The Washington State Patrol responded to more than 200 collisions in Pierce and Thurston counties overnight, according to the agency’s Twitter account.

While that kept law enforcement busy, the snow helped police in at least one instance: Tacoma officers followed the tracks of a car prowl suspect, whom they arrested.

Untreated roads were still slippery Sunday as commuters took to the streets, and the weather kept some destinations closed.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park was closed Sunday, reporting a 6-inch accumulation of snow at the park.

Metro Parks Tacoma reported closures at Wapato Park and Meadow Park Golf Course. Five Mile Drive at Point Defiance Park was also closed to traffic. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium was open.

Due to high avalanche danger, Mount Rainier National Park closed the gate to Paradise at Longmire for the day and required vehicles to carry tire chains.

Staff writers Kenny Via and Alexis Krell, and kirotv.com contributed to this report.

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