SNOW UPDATES: Here's the latest scoop on the afternoon commute. Scroll down for up-to-the-minute area snow reports.
KING-5's Jeff Renner says it's likely Western Washington could get up to four or five inches in higher elevations and to the east before Thursday afternoon, but the Sound is more likely to see trace accumulations.
Forecasters had previously predicated up to 6 inches throughout the Puget Sound area and a flash freeze during the afternoon commute Wednesday. Now, forecasters are saying while there likely will be snow, the temperature drop won't come until later.
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6:45 p.m. It looks like the worst snow of the day was probably in Mount Vernon, Burlington area. Areas of Oak Harbor, La Conner, and north Snohomish County were also hit pretty hard. The night's not over. Keep up to date on the forecast in your neighborhood. Be sure to check back for school closings.
6:35 p.m. Snow looks pretty heavy all along SR 520. WSDOT says help is on the way.
6:22 p.m. WSDOT on Twitter: Good news 520 drivers: Plows are on the way! Check out the photo of SR 520!
6:18 p.m. If you haven't seen snow either on your way home or at your house, you're still not out of the clear. The National Weather Service in Seattle says a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of the Puget Sound through Thursday morning at 10am.
6:08 p.m. Have you sent us a photo of the snow at your house yet? Don't get left out. There are a lot good ones . Check out DJ's from Spanaway.
6:03 p.m. KIRO-7 reports snow in Belltown and the West Seattle Blog says "very light snow here in Upper Fauntleroy."
5:58 p.m. The City of Seattle activated its "Emergency Operations Center earlier today to respond to weather forecasts predicting snow falling in Seattle. The Emergency Operations Center will be active through the evening commute and will be active during Thursday morning’s commute.
The activation is an inter-departmental effort to monitor and respond to the forecasted snow event."
5:54 p.m. WSDOT says the snow plows are out!
5:47 p.m. Highway 9 from I-405 north to Highway 2 is getting hammered. Here's a photo of the Snohomish River Valley.
5:41 p.m. WSDOT on Twitter: Snow coming down heavily in Stanwood/Mount Vernon area. Please drive safely! According to the cameras, it's also coming down all along Hwy 9 from I-405 to Hwy 2, I-405 in Woodinville, Tiger Mountain, Mount Vernon.
5:35 p.m. Seattle is no longer in anticipation mode. It's officially snowing in the city. There are reports of snow mostly north of Lake Union: Phinney Ridge, Lake City Way, Green Lake, Northgate, Maple Leaf. Check your neighborhood forecast.
Aurora Ave. at 130th (SDOT)
5:23 p.m. Update from WSDOT's I-5 at 85th in Seattle photo: It is definitely snowing in Seattle! It's official!
5:20 p.m. Looks like snow is heading south from Snohomish County into Seattle's Northgate and Maple Leaf neighborhoods. Check the traffic cameras!
5:16 p.m. Hearing of snow reports in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood and dark clouds over Queen Anne and Belltown. Keep up with the snow in your neighborhood . Check your local forecast.
5:11 p.m. Quick update from WSDOT on Twitter: On SR 18 eastbound at Issaquah Hobart Rd is closed due to multiple collisions.
5:09 p.m. Snow is coming down hard in the Shoreline-Edmonds-Bothell area. It looks pretty wet, but it is sticking. KIRO Radio's Traffic reporter Kimi Kline says there are several accidents in this area. Also reports of snow in Stanwood and Olympia. It has stopped in Tacoma.
4:59 p.m. Sure, you may follow the weather on UW Atmospheric Science Professor Cliff Mass' blog, but what about Charlie Phillips, student at Garfield HS in Seattle? Charlie is also a fan of Mass.' Ironically, they both haven't posted since about 11am Wednesday.
4:55 p.m. WSDOT says they've achived snow in on SR 525 near Alderwood. It's also now snowing in Shoreline and Mill Creek!
4:49 p.m. Where is all the snow? According to the National Weather Service's latest radar image, it's definitely NOT in Seattle. We've heard talk of a snow shadow today and now we know exactly what that means: everywhere but here.
4:40 p.m. WSDOT says two lanes blocked EB 90 near SR 18 - Snowy conditions, many spinouts.
Snow reported in Edmonds (near Olympic View Dr.) and flakes falling in Everett.
4:35 p.m. For those of you in Seattle with your fingers crossed for snow, just close your eyes and image being up at Stevens or Snoqualmie today.
It's snowing at Stevens Pass...traction tires advised.
And on I-90 at Franklin, which looks like the highway featured in The Shining, chains required in both directions except on all wheel drive vehicles.
4:28 p.m. Latest traffic report from KIRO Radio's Kimi Kline: Snowing in Puyallup, Silverdale, north Snohomish County, but nothing yet in Seattle.
4:25 p.m. Uh oh! What's going on here on SR 18 at Weyerhaeuser Way? Someone get pulled over? Snowy near Federal Way
4:20 p.m. Pierce Transit says buses may be running slower than usual Wednesay afternoon. Some routes are already operating from the snow map. Check the alerts. In King County, there are no rider alerts .
4:16 p.m. Apparently the weather will not derail garbage service. The City of Seattle says garbage pickup is normal for Thursday.
4:03 p.m. Snow is back in Olympia.
3:41 p.m. WSDOT says that due to adverse weather conditions, their Seattle traffic map and travel times may not accurately reflect driving conditions in all areas ... But if you're listening to traffic reports on 97.3 KIRO FM you're in good hands, and be sure to check back here for traffic updates.
3:30 p.m. "There is no snow in Seattle," says Metro traffic reporter Kimi Kline, but "Everyone else is seeing signifcant snow fall and build up on the side of the roads." Fortuneatly, so far, there hasn't been much accumulation on the sides of the roads.
3:24 p.m. Where is the snow in Seattle? From KING-5's Jeff Renner: I do believe we'll see some snow showers over King County its just more likely late afternoon at the earliest, more likely into the evening hours.
3:02 p.m. The snow is returning to Tacoma, and it looks like some slippery conditions caused an accident on I-5.
2:25 p.m. We found a video of snowfall in Tacoma.
2:13 p.m. Olympia is getting a little dump of snow right now - here is DOT camera proof:
2:06 p.m. Snow seems to be taking a break in some areas, but even if the sun is out, the temperatures are low and tonight will be chilly.
2:02 p.m. Sound Transit will be running two additional Sounder trains during the commute. You can get more information here.
1:52 p.m. Snow in Sea-Tac:
You can submit your photos too, here .
1:35 p.m. Snow spotted by a reader, driving northbound toward Bellevue 405 Exit 2 ...
Be careful while you drive!
You can see more reader photos here .
1:21 p.m. AP's Ted S. Warren is out in Tacoma snapping photos:
Despite driving snow, mailman John Jackson walks his route, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in Tacoma, Wash. Seattle, Tacoma, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest were bracing Wednesday for dealing with snow and cold temperatures from a winter storm. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
1:16 p.m. There aren't any transit alerts at this time, but Metro Transit has created a page that you can check for the latest updates.
1:13 p.m. Tukwilla/Renton roads are starting to look a little rough.
1:09 p.m. Seattle is trying to get ahead of the storm ...
1:02 p.m. Someone (@dbesabella) just tweeted this photo #wasnow. WSDOT encourages you to drive safely ... be careful taking pictures out your window!
1:00 p.m. Metro says it appears snow is on its way to the eastside shortly. Beacon Hill, Southcenter, Renton already seeing flakes.
12:57 p.m. David Boze just got into the newsroom, he reports snow on I-5 from Martin Luther King Jr. Way and south.
12:53 p.m. Snow lands in Burien, according to the Burien blog ...
12:44 p.m. Here is a photo of the Tacoma Narrows bridge, to go with the snow report from the caller in the KIRO Radio newsroom.
12:40 p.m. Check out this ominous cloud hanging out around Mountlake Terrace.
12:35 p.m. A caller into the KIRO newsroom reports snow on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge ... if someone isn't driving, and wants to snap a picture of it, you can submit it here.
12:31 p.m. Metro is chaining up its buses for the evening commute, and expects to move to snow routing during the commute. You can sign up for Metro Transit alerts here.
12:21 p.m. Traffic is slow in North Seattle, but not due to snow, yet. That high speed police chase that ended in crash on I-5 has backed traffic up for miles.
12:17 p.m. The National Weather service's map makes it clear that much of Western Washington is under the Winter Weather Advisory, which is indicated by pink in the map below.
12:12 p.m. Reports of big flakes in Federal Way on Twitter. You can follow MyNorthwest on Twitter here.
Photo from Flyin Donkey Ranch
11:46 a.m. Metro update: All lanes of SB I-5 blocked at Lake City Way after police chase. (Doesn't appear to be snow related) Check current traffic conditions near Lake City .
11:40 a.m. Check traffic cams on the neighborhood traffic pages to see if there is snow falling where you live.
11:32 a.m. Latest AP news update: Forecasters say the snow is falling in localized bands in Western Washington so accumulations by Thursday will vary from place to place: 6-to-12 inches in the Port Angeles area, 3-to-7 inches in the Bellingham and Everett areas, up to 6 inches in the Seattle-Tacoma area and southwest Washington, and 1-to-2 feet in the Cascades. The snow should let up Friday but the cold will continue through the weekend.
11:19 a.m. Weather update: KING 5's Jim Guy says snow showers are moving into the Puget Sound area. The heaviest showers are mainly north of everett. Guy reports snow is beginning to pick up in the south sound, in the Tacoma and Olympia areas. Guy says the snow will likely stick around as the forecast shows temperatures will drop into the teens on Thursday.
11:16 a.m. @KIRO7Seattle Just heard @EssexKIRO7 say that @kcmetrobuses are beginning to chain up downtown. #wasnow
11:15 a.m. @PaulDeannoKOMO The snow shadow is almost gone: Looking at radar trends, it will be snowing in Seattle in two hours or less...
11:13 a.m. Cliff Mass blog update: "Over the short term, the zone from Everett to Tacoma is fine...but conditions should worsen after 2-3 PM. But at this point I don't foresee any major icing situation over Puget Sound roadways for commute time tonight--something I have heard incessantly on some media outlets. THIS WILL NOT BE LIKE NOV 22ND. No severe sudden freeze during the commute home."
10:59 a.m. Metro reports a number of spin outs in the Stevens Pass area.
10:51 a.m. @footballbtrfly: Here comes the snow in Kent/Covington! #snomg #wasnow
Snow in Spanaway from Mike Aemisegger
10:54 a.m. Latest radar images from National Weather service
10:42 a.m. @WAweatherfan: Dark cloud just moved over Redmond, and now ice pellets are coming down #wasnow
10:35 a.m. Latest KIRO Radio weather update says it's snowing in Fife.
10:30 a.m. @wsdot_traffic On SR-20 eastbound & westbound at Lunz Road there is a disabled vehicle blocking all lanes.
10:25 a.m. @wsdot_traffic On US 2 westbound at MP 52 there is a collision blocking the lane.
10:21 a.m. Photos coming soon. @tedswarren: snowing steadily now in Tacoma. I'll be out taking #AP photos soon. #wasnow
9:55 a.m. @KIRO7Seattle UPDATE: Brunt of the snow now expected to hit between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. #wasnow
9:53 a.m. @PaulDeannoKOMO 6" snow reported in Anacortes... all in past 3.5 hours. 3" and still snowing in the San Juans... still nada in Seattle...
9:53 a.m. KING 5 Rich Marriott weather update says we could see anywhere from one to two inches of snow through the afternoon commute. He says it could be a little slushy out there.
9:37 a.m. @thenewstribune: Hey, look at that! It's snowing in Tacoma!
9:35 a.m. Metro traffic update: Chains required for Snoqualmie Pass, traction tires required over Stevens Pass.
9:15 a.m. KIRO 7 posts pictures of car that flipped into ditch in Snohomish.
8:58 a.m. @ScottSKOMO: New spotter reports: 6" Mount Vernon, 4.5" in Belfast, 8" in Oak Harbor now
8:48 a.m. @beyond90seconds: Snow in Snohomish
8:14 a.m. @billgillam: 4-6" of snow in Granite Falls.
8:13 a.m. Winter Weather Message Update from the National Weather Service.
7:54 a.m. WSDOT reports heavy snow in Lakewood, and at King/Snohomish County line, an in Everett Mall area.
7:19 a.m.Twitpic from @ingram1125 shows 5 inches in Oak Harbor.
6:54 a.m.KIRO 7 @SamArgier reports snow coming into Olympia.
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