Up to 2 inches of snow are expected in Tacoma early Tuesday, according to a winter weather advisory the National Weather Service issued Monday.
The advisory, issued by the Weather Service’s Seattle office, is in effect 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, though snow is expected to fall between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.
“Just in time for the morning commute,” Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.
Three inches is forecast for Eatonville and Enumclaw in the Cascade foothills. In the Cascades proper, 5 to 11 inches are forecast as the storm travels through, the advisory states.
As always with winter weather in the Puget Sound region, the snow forecast is somewhat flexible, Burg said.
“Snow is a very difficult thing to forecast around here, and right now we want to get the word out,” he said.
The varying terrain and the proximity to large bodies of water both lead to unpredictable microclimates, Burg said
The storm is expected to bring snowfall from Grays Harbor County to the Cascades, and north to the Kitsap Peninsula.
Because of the weather, the following school districts will start two hours late: Annie Wright Schools, Bethel, Carbonado, Cascade Christian Schools, Chief Leschi Schools, Eatonville, Enumclaw, Fife, Kent, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, Tacoma and White River.
Winter weather advisories for snow are issued when the snow will primarily cause only travel difficulties. The advisory warns of snow-covered roads and limited visibility for drivers Tuesday.
“If there’s snow during the commute tomorrow, take it easy, take it slow and be careful,” Burg said.