Snow has arrived in Pierce County.
(And winter’s not even officially here yet.)
A winter weather advisory takes effect at 4 p.m. Thursday for the Puget Sound area, where 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation is expected as a northward-traveling storm meets a mass of cold air is coming in from the northeast.
From 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected to accumulate in low-lying areas, according to the National Weather Service, and up to a foot may fall in the Cascades.
The City of Tacoma has deployed 13 snowplows throughout the city in preparation for snow Thursday evening. City crews plow and de-ice streets beginning primarily with arterial streets. Crews do not plow and or de-ice residential streets, the city said in a statement Thursday.
Pierce County road crews put de-icer on arterial streets earlier this week and plan to work throughout the night until conditions improve.
“These major roads are our priority during a snow and ice event, along with Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes,” Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works road operations manager, said in a news release.
The storm warning is also in effect for the Hood Canal where 4 to 6 inches of snow is expected Thursday night.
The storm coming into the Puget Sound region earlier came through the Portland area and the Washington coast.
Beaverton, Oregon, announced city closures, including City Hall, courts, the operations center and libraries, The Oregonian reported.
In Washington, Clark County closed its offices at noon.
Snow is falling on and sticking to Highway 26 between Portland and Cannon Beach. The Portland area is reporting light flakes and windy conditions.
The National Weather Service in Portland took the unusual step of launching a weather balloon today.
The southwest Washington coast is reporting windy conditions. A gale warning has been posted for offshore waters. Westport could see winds in excess of 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
A winter storm warning has been posted for Pacific County and other Washington counties along the Columbia River. A Washington State Patrol trooper tweeted a photo at 11:30 a.m. showing a snow-covered state Route 14 at Maryhill.
Tacoma Public Schools has canceled school and district athletics and activities for Thursday, including parent-teacher conferences and the school board meeting, as a safety precaution.
Bethel School District: Afternoon and evening activities canceled.
Clover Park School District has also canceled afternoon and evening activities, and there will be “no activity bus runs.”
Fife School District canceled afternoon and evening activities.
Green Dot Destiny Middle School: After-school program canceled. Evening activities canceled.
Franklin Pierce School District tweeted that its afternoon and evening activities are canceled.
Orting School District has canceled the Thursday night school board meeting.
Peninsula School District also has canceled after-school activities, including Boys & Girls Clubs.
Sumner School District: All after-school and evening events and activities are canceled for Thursday. This includes all athletics and extra-curricular events and practices. This also includes all mandatory or volunteer events, any contests, games, matches, meets, and facility rentals.
University Place School District: All district evening activities and athletic events are canceled. Primaries - After-school programs/buses on regular schedule. Intermediates - After-school programs / buses - canceled. Secondary - 3:10 Activity bus will run, 4:10 Activity bus is canceled.