Western Washington wakes up to snow

Credit: KING

Snow in Thurston County, Wash., Dec. 18, 2012.


by KING 5 News


Posted on December 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 9:58 AM

Much of Western Washington woke up to the first snow of the season Tuesday, although some areas were hit harder than others and a few school districts were reporting delays or closures.

KING 5 Weather forecaster Keisha Burns reported snow with places of freezing rain around the region. The worst-hit region was likely to be the South Puget Sound and east King County areas.

Burns said to expect a trace to three inches above 500 feet, but heavier showers could drop the snow level to as low as 200 feet, especially on inland hills that are at least five miles from Puget Sound. Highs will struggle to reach the upper 30s.

Roads were wet and slushy to begin the morning commute, but several accidents were being reported due to apparent icing later in the commute. The Washington State Patrol reported over two dozen collisions in Pierce and Thurston counties alone.

A Kennewick man was killed in a collision with a truck in snow and slush on Interstate 90 Monday night eight miles east of Cle Elum. The Washington State Patrol says 38-year-old Cristoval Martinez lost control of his car and rear-ended a semi-truck.

A handful of school districts closed for the day. More: School closure, delays

Sea-Tac Airport had some scattered snow. Alaska Airlines was urging customers to check ahead about their flight status because the snow could affect flights.

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