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No snow, but a little ice and very cold

Northbound I-5 traffic moves smoothly past the construction zone early Tuesday in Tacoma. The temperature is brisk, but no snow fell overnight and officials said ice presented no major issues on roadways.
Northbound I-5 traffic moves smoothly past the construction zone early Tuesday in Tacoma. The temperature is brisk, but no snow fell overnight and officials said ice presented no major issues on roadways. Drew Perine

And just like that, the snow was gone.

Many in Western Washington were thrilled at the possibility of fresh powder falling late Monday and maybe even Thursday.

It wasn’t to be.

No snow fell overnight Monday. And by early Tuesday, the skies were clear and forecasters called for sunshine and a cool, crisp high of 37 degrees.

The last time the Seattle area had back-to-back days with a high below 40 degrees was Dec. 30, 2014, according to the National Weather Service.

Pierce County sent 28 trucks to apply deicer and move what little snow might have accumulated on the roads.

In Greenwater, 8 to 10 inches remained. Ashford and Elbe had maybe 1 to 2 inches on the ground.

“Speeds this A.M. indicate motorists in Kitsap Co feel the roads are ‘just fine,’ which is not the case,” Washington State Patrol trooper Russ Winter tweeted at 7:42 a.m. “Dawn temps can freeze wet roads.”

The gate to Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park was delayed from opening until 10 a.m. because of road conditions.

Clear skies were expected to remain through at least Wednesday, though temperatures won’t go above the high-30s. Rain is expected to return Thursday.

Cliff Mass, a University of Washington meteorologist, tried to console disappointed snow lovers with coming “weather fun.”

Here are some predictions he made on his blog:

▪ The coldest low temperatures over the western lowlands since January.

▪ Strong easterly winds along the eastern slopes of the Cascades.

▪ Strong easterly winds in the Columbia Gorge.

▪ Lowland snow Thursday.

▪ Strong winds along the northwest Washington coast Thursday.

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