Seattle schools closed; snow falling across Puget Sound region
Schools across Western Washington are closed, including in Seattle, or delayed on Wednesday while a band of heavy snow blows across the region into Canada.
The National Weather Service says snow is moving from the Olympia Peninsula over areas in Seattle north to Bellingham and into Canada. That will have the region on a Winter Storm Watch into Wednesday morning.
The NWS slightly downgraded the accumulations from five inches in some places to: 1-2 inches in Seattle, 3-4″ in Everett, 2-3″ in Bellingham, and under 1 inch in Tacoma. It says heaviest accumulations will be in Snohomish County into Skagit and Whatcom Counties, and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The Washington State Department of Transportation says it has crews out plowing and treating roads, but there will be areas of slush, snow, and ice on bridges, ramps, and overpasses. They’re warning drivers to slow down and expect delays.
The NWS says by Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning winds will increase to 45-60 mpg gusts in the Cascade foothills. By Thursday afternoon, temperatures will continue to warm up, resulting in rain or rain/snow mix.
Seattle City Light is warning people to “be prepared for outages,” with high winds expected to cause issues with falling trees near power lines.