First snow flurries of season
Light snow fell in Pierce County on Monday, but not much stuck.
Wet snow could return late Wednesday and early Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
On Monday, the Greenwater area had 4 to 6 inches of snow on the roads and the Ashford and Elbe areas received 1 to 2 inches, Pierce County reported.
Road crews applied de-icer on main roads and officials warned of possible hazardous driving conditions during the morning commute.
No schools were affected by the weather, though Olympia and Tumwater school districts used some snow bus routes.
Wet snow was seen in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Kent and Issaquah.
Moderate to heavy snow fell at Sea-Tac Airport and affected air travel. Alaska Airlines on Sunday canceled 26 flights, affecting more than 1,300 passengers, due to “a wintry forecast,” according to the airline’s blog.
The passengers were automatically rebooked on later flights. Anyone flying with Alaska or Horizon Air was asked to check their flight status.
At higher elevations, snow had more of a presence Monday.
Opening of the Longmire gate in Mount Rainier National Park was delayed because of weather-related road conditions, the park said.
There was no word whether the gate to Paradise will open. It did not open Sunday.
Snow continued to fall at Longmire, with 2 to 4 inches expected to accumulate Monday. Paradise could see 4 to 8 inches Monday.
Four inches of powder dropped on Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in the past 24 hours.
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