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Don’t put away that winter coat: Another cold blast on its way

Snow in March isn’t unheard of in Tacoma: Snow-covered traffic moves slowly along eastbound state Route 16 near Union Avenue on March 13, 2012.
Snow in March isn’t unheard of in Tacoma: Snow-covered traffic moves slowly along eastbound state Route 16 near Union Avenue on March 13, 2012. Staff file, 2012

The coldest winter in 30 years isn’t going away anytime soon.

Snow will pound the Cascades and flit around the lowlands through the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a winter storm warning Thursday for the Cascades from Snohomish County south into Lewis County.

The warning is from noon Thursday through midnight Saturday. The peak of the storm will hit late Friday (March 3).

Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet are expected, with about 3 feet expected at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.

The weather will make travel difficult over mountain passes.

Snow levels are expected to start off near 3,000 feet and fall as low as 1,000 feet by Friday evening.

In the lowlands, snow should start falling Friday night. Rain and snow will trade places into Monday.

The Weather Service said the December-through-February span was the coldest since 1985 in the Puget Sound area. There were 56 days with below-normal temperatures.

This winter has been the snowiest since 2008-09, according to the Weather Service.

Precipitation for the season is almost 10 inches above normal at 33.47 inches but lagging behind the 2015-16 season.

There is hope on the horizon. Spring begins at 3:29 a.m. March 20.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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