As snow and wind pestered motorists Sunday in the mountain passes, lowland residents pondered the possibility of another inclement commute on Monday morning.
The National Weather Service predicts rain and snow on Sunday night in Tacoma and much of the South Sound with the possibility of less than a half inch of accumulated snow. Monday morning’s forecast calls for a chance of snow showers before 10 a.m. Less than a half inch of snow is predicted to accumulate.
Rain and snow are likely before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, too, according to the NWS, but don’t expect it to stick. Rain is predicted for Wednesday and Thursday. While temperatures are predicted to spend plenty of time in 30s next week, they’ll be warmed compared to the record cold that visited last week.
On Sunday, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. in the Cascades. Winds coupled with 1-3 inches of snow threaten to cause limited visibility at times. The heaviest snow falls are expected near the Cascade crest.
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Stevens Pass closed Sunday afternoon (The pass reopened in both directions Sunday evening, according to a 6:18 p.m. tweet by the state Department of Transportation) while traction tires were required on Snoqualmie and White passes. Traction tires were advised on Highway 97 over Blewett Pass.
An avalanche warning was issued for backcountry travel on Sunday by the Northwest Avalanche Center.
The road to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park was kept closed at Longmire due to weather conditions, the park announced via Twitter.
At ski areas, White Pass received nine inches of fresh snow since Saturday morning, while Crystal received seven and the Summit at Snoqualmie got eight.