The first accumulation of snow, maybe an inch, dusted the South Sound on Saturday morning and families with kids immediately sprang into action.
Crossing a field of white with their dog near Gig Harbor, the Brownes — Cole, 8, Luke, 10, Michelle and Dennis — were among those enjoying the winter-like weather.
“The funnest part is hitting Cole with snowballs,” said brother Luke.
Luke had a different take. “I like snow mostly because we can eat it,” he said.
“I guess we didn’t have enough Thanksgiving leftovers,” Michelle said with a chuckle.
Northwest Washington awoke to a blanket of snow that ranged from a dusting in Tacoma to 1 to 3 inches farther north.
The snow started falling early Saturday but tapered off as a cold front moved in from the north, National Weather Service said.
The region saw highs Saturday of in the 30s, dropping into the 20s later in the evening, meteorologist Johnny Burge said. As that cold air moved in, things dried out and the snow went away. The evening was mostly clear.
Flood warnings continue for six Western Washington rivers but those warnings will likely be lifted as the temperatures drop, Burge said.
Although the snowfall was minor, Jessica Schlicher and son David found a hill steep enough to get a good slide or two in at Gig Harbor’s Sehmel Homestead Park.
“The first thing he said this morning was, ‘I gotta check this out,’ ” Jessica Schlicher said.
Better hurry — it’s melting fast.